from St. Nicholas Magazine
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
by Ellis Parker Butler
Little cullud Rastus come a-skippin' down de street,
A-smilin' and a-grinnin' at every one he meet;
My, oh! He was happy! Boy, but was he gay!
Wishin' "Merry Chris'mus" an' "Happy New-Year's Day"!
Wishin' that his wishes might every one come true --
And -- bless your dear heart, honey, -- I wish the same to you!
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