December 3, 2011

Now Thrice Welcome Christmas

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Now thrice welcome, Christmas,
Which brings us good cheer,
Mince pies and plum porridge,
good ale and strong beer;
With pig, goose and capon,
The best that may be,
So well doth the weather
And our stomachs agree.


Observe how the chimneys
Do smoke all about:
The cooks are providing
For dinner, no doubt;
But those on whose tables
No victuals appear -
Oh may they keep Lent
All the rest of the year!


With holly and ivy
So green and so gay,
We deck up our houses
As fresh as the day,
With bay and rosemary
And laurels complete,
And everyone now
Is a king in conceit.


Anon

--Word of the Day: gammon \GAM-uhn\, verb:
1. To deceive.
noun:
1. In backgammon, a victory in which the winner throws off all his or her pieces before the opponent throws off any.
verb:
1. To win a gammon (in the game of backgammon) over.
noun:
1. A smoked or cured ham.
2. Deceitful nonsense.
Example:
"Come," said Perrot to Luned, stopping short; "we will gammon him with a silver bit or so."
-- Ernest Rhys, The whistling maid: A romance


--Quote of the Day: Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

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