African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Effie Lee Newsome, "Cantabile" (1925)

Green holly has a lovely leaf
to make the Christmas bright,
Green cedar gives a spicy smell
On Christmas eve at night.
Green candles wear a joyous look,
Each with its golden light.
   Good holly, cedars,
   Candles gay!
   Come Christmas sprite!
   Come Christmas fay!
You've never known a brighter day
For joining childhood in its play!

Published in The Crisis, December 1925

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