The Christmas Wreath

The Christmas Wreath
By Anna de Brémont

Oh! Christmas wreath upon the wall,
  Within thine ivied space
I see the years beyond recall,
  Amid thy leaves I trace
The shadows of a happy past,
  When all the world was bright,
And love its magic splendour cast
  O’er morn and noon and night.

Oh! Christmas wreath upon the wall,
  ’Neath memory’s tender spell
A wondrous charm doth o’er thee fall,
  And round thy beauty dwell.
Thine ivy hath the satiny sheen
  Of tresses I’ve caressed,
Thy holly’s crimson gleam I’ve seen
  On lips I oft have pressed.

Oh! Christmas wreath upon the wall,
A mist steals o’er my sight.
Dear hallow’d wreath, these tears are all
The pledge I now can plight
To those loved ones whose spirit eyes
Shine down the flight of time;
Around God’s throne their voices rise
To swell the Christmas Chime!

The Comptess Anna de Brémont was born Anna Dunphy in 1864. A journalist, memoirist, fiction writer, and poet, she authored two poetry collections: Sonnets and Love Poems (J. J. Little, 1892) and Love Poems (Argus Printing Co., 1889). She died in 1922.

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