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No gardener need go far to find The Christmas rose,The fairest of the flowers that mark The sweet Year's close:Nor be in quest of places where The hollies grow,Nor seek for sacred trees that hold The mistletoe.All kindly tended gardens love December days,And spread their latest riches out In winter's praise.But every gardener's work this month Must surely beTo choose a very beautiful Big Christmas tree,And see it through the open door In triumph ride,To reign a glorious reign within At Christmas-tide.

© Radford Dollie