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Candlemas Eve Down with the rosemary and bays, Down with the mistletoe, Instead of holly, now upraise The greener box for show. cho: Thus times do shift, thus times do shift, Each thing his turn doth hold New things succeed, new things succeed As former things grow old. The holly hitherto did sway Let box now domineer Until the dancing Easter day or Easter's eve appear. Then youthful box which now hath grace Your houses to renew, Grown old surrender must his place Unto the crisped yew. When yew is out, then birch comes in And many flowers besides; Bothg of a fresh and fragrant kin To honor Whitsuntide. Green rushes then, and sweetest bents With cooler oaken boughs, Come in for comely ornaments To re-adorn the house. From Harmonious Companions, Myers From the singing of Arky's Toast RG
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