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Famous Christmas Day Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Christmas Day poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous christmas day poems. These examples illustrate what a famous christmas day poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Thomas, Dylan
...th spats of snow, would take his constitutional to the white bowling green and back, as he
would take it wet or fire on Christmas Day or Doomsday; sometimes two hale young men, with big pipes blazing,
no overcoats and wind blown scarfs, would trudge, unspeaking, down to the forlorn sea, to work up an appetite,
to blow away the fumes, who knows, to walk into the waves until nothing of them was left but the two furling
smoke clouds of their inextinguishable briars. Then I w...Read More



by Chatterton, Thomas
...Almighty Framer of the Skies! 
O let our pure devotion rise, 
Like Incense in thy Sight! 
Wrapt in impenetrable Shade 
The Texture of our Souls were made 
Till thy Command gave light. 
The Sun of Glory gleam'd the Ray, 
Refin'd the Darkness into Day, 
And bid the Vapours fly; 
Impell'd by his eternal Love 
He left his Palaces above 
To cheer our gloomy...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...ars, telling all she does not say 
of your alcoholic tendency. You overslept, 
she writes. My God, father, each Christmas Day 
with your blood, will I drink down your glass 
of wine? The diary of your hurly-burly years 
goes to my shelf to wait for my age to pass. 
Only in this hoarded span will love persevere. 
Whether you are pretty or not, I outlive you, 
bend down my strange face to yours and forgive you....Read More

by Sassoon, Siegfried
...‘FALL in! Now get a move on.’ (Curse the rain.)
We splash away along the straggling village, 
Out to the flat rich country, green with June... 
And sunset flares across wet crops and tillage, 
Blazing with splendour-patches. (Harvest soon, 
Up in the Line.) ‘Perhaps the War’ll be done 
‘By Christmas-Day. Keep smiling then, o...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...bragar the boys rolled up in strength, 
And Denver had a funeral a good long mile in length; 
Round Denver's grave that Christmas day rough bushmen's eyes were dim -- 
The western bushmen knew the way to bury dead like him; 
But some returning homeward found, by light of moon and star, 
Ben Duggan dying in the rocks, five miles from Talbragar. 

They knelt around, 
He raised his head 
And faintly gasped, `Jack Denver's dead, 
Roll up at Talbragar!' 

But one short hour be...Read More



by Betjeman, John
...stripped to deck the ledge,
The altar, font and arch and pew,
So that the villagers can say
'The church looks nice' on Christmas Day.

Provincial Public Houses blaze,
Corporation tramcars clang,
On lighted tenements I gaze,
Where paper decorations hang,
And bunting in the red Town Hall
Says 'Merry Christmas to you all'.

And London shops on Christmas Eve
Are strung with silver bells and flowers
As hurrying clerks the City leave
To pigeon-haunted classic towers,
And m...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
..."I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime
A cha...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...-day we bid "good Christian men rejoice!"

High noon behind the tamarisks -- the sun is hot above us --
 As at Home the Christmas Day is breaking wan.
They will drink our healths at dinner -- those who tell us how they love us,
 And forget us till another year be gone!
 Oh the toil that knows no breaking! Oh the Heimweh, ceaseless, aching!
 Oh the black dividing Sea and alien Plain!
 Youth was cheap -- wherefore we sold it.
 Gold was good -- we hoped to hold it,
 And ...Read More

by Gregory, Rg
...blue like frozen fish
those scented lips discharged their angry bile
and cupid's dart fell short a scornful mile

come christmas day the christmas tree was bright
its mothering arms held glittering gifts for all
and i was seven longing to be eight
and i was given a large pink fluffy ball
my spirit shrank into the nearest wall
true love reduced to this insulting gimcrack
my pumped-up heart was punctured by a tintack...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby
..."Till matin's bell was ringing.

"And when she died! Poor Lady dear!
"A sack of gold, she gave,
"That, masses every Christmas day
"Twelve bare-foot Monks should sing, or say,
"Slow moving round her Grave.

"That, at the Holy Virgin's shrine
"Three Lamps should burn for ever--
"That, ev'ry month, the bell should toll,
"For pray'rs to save her Husband's soul--
"I shall forget it, never!"

While thus he spoke, the BARON'S eye
Look'd inward on his soul:
For He the masses ...Read More

by Hopkins, Gerard Manley
...
Make me pure, Lord: Thou art holy; 
Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly; 
Now beginning, and alway: 
Now begin, on Christmas day....Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
... 

He read the news with eager face 
But found no word of pay. 
"I'd like to see my sister's place 
And kids on Christmas Day. 

"I'd like to see green grass again, 
And watch clear water run, 
Away from this unholy plain, 
And flies, and dust, and sun." 

At last one little clause he found 
That might some hope inspire, 
"A magistrate may charge a pound 
For inquest on a fire." 

A big blacks' camp was built close by, 
And Saltbush Bill, says he, 
"I thin...Read More

by Edgar, Marriott
...It was Christmas Day in the trenches
In Spain in Penninsular War,
And Sam Small were cleaning his musket
A thing as he'd ne're done before.

They'd had 'em inspected that morning
And Sam had got into disgrace,
For when sergeant had looked down the barrel
A sparrow flew out in his face.

The sergeant reported the matter
To Lieutenant Bird then and there....Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
..., rin doon, my little son Jack, 
And bid the stranger stay; 
And we'll hae a crack for Auld Lang Syne, 
For the morn is Christmas Day." 

"Nay noo, nay noo," said the dour guidwife, 
"But ye should let him be; 
He's maybe only a drover chap 
Frae the land o' the Darling Pea. 

"Wi' a drover's tales, and a drover's thirst 
To swiggle the hail nicht through; 
Or he's maybe a life assurance carle 
To talk ye black and blue," 

"Guidwife, he's never a drover chap, 
For th...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...ate sky;
Grovelled and sobbed and cursed, and then arose:
"Sunshine! O heart of gold! to die! to die!"

IX

She died on Christmas day -- it seems so sad
That one you love should die on Christmas day.
Head-bowed I knelt by her; O God! I had
No tears to shed, no moan, no prayer to pray.
I heard her whisper: "Call me, will you, dear?
They say Death parts, but I won't go away.
I will be with you in the cabin here;
Oh I will plead with God to let me stay!
Stay till the...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
...ns in a merry plight,
And the clock gone wrong and the world gone right,
That the mummers sing upon Christmas night
And Christmas Day in the morning.

"Now here is a good warrant,"
Cried Alfred, "by my sword;
For he that is struck for an ill servant
Should be a kind lord.

"He that has been a servant
Knows more than priests and kings,
But he that has been an ill servant,
He knows all earthly things.

"Pride flings frail palaces at the sky,
As a man flings up sand,...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...old seemed to hold him like a spell;
Though he'd often say in his homely way that he'd "sooner live in hell".

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail.
Talk of your cold! through the parka's fold it stabbed like a driven nail.
If our eyes we'd close, then the lashes froze till sometimes we couldn't see;
It wasn't much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.

And that very night, as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the s...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...rm; 
And when before the gallant band 
The beaten flames gave way, 
Two grimy hands in friendship joined -- 
And it was Christmas Day....Read More

by Masefield, John
...ime, 
Like a man's thought transfigured into fire, 

And as I looked, one of her men began 
To sing some simple tune of Christmas day; 
Among her crew the song spread, man to man, 
Until the singing rang across the bay; 

And soon in other anchored ships the men 
Joined in the singing with clear throats, until 
The farm-boy heard it up the windy glen, 
Above the noise of sheep-bells on the hill. 

Over the water came the lifted song-- 
Blind pieces in a mighty game we sin...Read More

by Muldoon, Paul
...rs
And one or two following
With hampers over their shoulders.
They might be off wildfowling

As they would another Christmas Day,
So gingerly they pick their steps.
No one seems sure of what to do.
All stop when one stops.

A fire gets lit. Some spread
Their greatcoats on the frozen ground.
Polish vodka, fruit and bread
Are broken out and passed round.

The air of an old German song,
The rules of Patience, are the secrets
They'll share before long...Read More

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