Kriss Kringle

Thomas Bailey Aldrich 1836 (Portsmouth) – 1907 (Boston)



Just as the moon was fading
Amid her misty rings,
And every stocking was stuffed
With childhood’s precious things,

Old Kriss Kringle looked around,
And saw on the elm-tree bough,
High hung, an oriole’s nest,
Lonely and empty now.

“Quite a stocking,” he laughed,
“Hung up there on a tree!
I didn’t suppose the birds
Expected a present from me!”

Then old Kriss Kringle, who loves
A joke as well as the best,
Dropped a handful of snowflakes
Into the oriole’s empty nest.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XAXA XBCB XDXD XCXC
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 476
Words 87
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

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