Said the Holly to the Mistletoe:
“Of this holy-tide what canst know,—
Thou a pagan—thou
Of the leafless bough?
My leaves are green, my scarlet berries shine
At thought of things divine!”
To the Holly spake the Mistletoe:
“Matters not, my leafless boughs but show
Berries pale as pearl—
Ask yon boy and girl!
If human mirth and love be not some sign
Of share in things divine!”
Edith Matilda Thomas