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Post by aradlaw » December 14th, 2019, 7:29 pm

Christmas by Susan Coolidge (1835 - 1905).

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Sarah Chauncey Woolsey was an American children's author who wrote under the pen name Susan Coolidge. Woolsey worked as a nurse during the American Civil War (1861–1865), after which she started to write.
She is best known for her classic children's novel What Katy Did (1872). The fictional Carr family was modeled after her own, with Katy Carr inspired by Woolsey herself. ( Wikipedia)
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How did they keep his birthday then,
The little fair Christ, so long ago?
O, many there were to be housed and fed,
And there was no place in the inn, they said,
So into the manger the Christ must go,
To lodge with the cattle and not with men.

The ox and the ass they munched their hay
They munched and they slumbered, wondering not,
And out in the midnight cold and blue
The shepherds slept, and the sheep slept too,
Till the angels' song and the bright star ray
Guided the wise men to the spot.

But only the wise men knelt and praised,
And only the shepherds came to see,
And the rest of the world cared not at all
For the little Christ in the oxen's stall;
And we are angry and amazed
That such a dull, hard thing should be!

How do we keep his birthday now?
We ring the bells and we raise the strain,
We hang up garland, everywhere
And bid the tapers, twinkle fair,
And feast and frolic--and then we go
Back to the Mine old lives again.

Are we so better, then, than they
Who failed the new-born Christ to see?
To them a helpless babe,--to us
He shines a Saviour glorious,
Our Lord, our Friend, our All--yet we
Are half asleep this Christmas day.


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Post by Horner94 » December 15th, 2019, 5:26 pm

Hello,
Here is my attempt: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/christmas_coolidge_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 01:34
Kind regards,
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Post by aradlaw » December 16th, 2019, 4:04 pm

Thank you Chad and Graham. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » December 18th, 2019, 9:44 am

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by pschempf » December 20th, 2019, 1:38 pm

Hi David -

Another for the season -

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/christmas_coolidge_ps_128kb.mp3
Track length: 1:39

If I'm not back before then, best wishes for a very Merry Christmas!
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Post by aradlaw » December 20th, 2019, 6:13 pm

Thank you Phil. :thumbs:
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Post by Veggrower » December 22nd, 2019, 8:45 am

Here's mine, David:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/christmas_coolidge_gb_128kb.mp3

And the length is 2:02. Thanks a lot,

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Post by aradlaw » December 22nd, 2019, 6:22 pm

Thank you Garth. :thumbs:
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Post by Fenman » December 23rd, 2019, 12:37 pm


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Post by aradlaw » December 23rd, 2019, 2:24 pm

Thank you Fenman. :thumbs:
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Post by jfgallagher » December 25th, 2019, 10:12 am

One more to add to the list:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/christmas_coolidge_jfg_128kb.mp3
recording time 01:38

Merry Christmas!
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Post by aradlaw » December 25th, 2019, 7:47 pm

Thank you Jim, there is one item at 0:23 you may wish to correct, you've read "..and not with the men." the text reads "...and not with men." :D
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Post by jfgallagher » December 25th, 2019, 8:16 pm

aradlaw wrote:
December 25th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Thank you Jim, there is one item at 0:23 you may wish to correct, you've read "..and not with the men." the text reads "...and not with men." :D
Thanks for the catch David! Here is my corrected effort:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/christmas_coolidge_jfg_128kb.mp3
recording time 01:38

Merry Christmas to you as well!

Jim G.

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