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Beautifully illustrated family history books with a difference by a frequent contributor to the UK family history press. I write for Family Tree Magazine UK; Discover Your Ancestors Online Periodical and Bookazine; Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. The publishers of my family history books are Pen and Sword Books and The History Press. I tweet (and retweet) thought-provoking content designed to help you tweak your approach to (your family) history at @RuthaSymes . Do follow me.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Daily Ideas From Your Ancestors For Christmas - 25 - Remember The Departed With A Christmas Rose!

An Echo of Christmases Past

‘The Christmas Rose

We bid thee welcome, sweet Christmas rose,
Come from the land where our loved reposed,
Glittering with rime
In a wintry clime
 You bring hope to our hearts at Christmastime

We bid thee welcome, though saddened hearts
Think on a time in the cherished past
When the heart's best rhyme
Would scarcely keep time
 With the festive joys of Christmastime. 

We bid thee welcome, for in turning o'er
A page in the book of memory store
 A garland so fine, with roses of thine
 Did honour our dead at Christmastime.

We bid thee welcome, dear lonely flower,
Blooming so sweet in your snow-clad bower
From the wind’s low whine
You re-echo the time
That brought peace to our hearts at Christmas times.’

 The Alloa Advertiser 01 January 1910

By Nellie Benson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons [1901]
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