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Carlton Alfred Smith, "Christmas Eve"

Holly (Ilex) is a genus of 400 to 600 species of flowering plants in the family Aquifoliaceae, and the only living genus in that family. The species are evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, and climbers from tropics to temperate zones worldwide. Holly has cultural significance due to its use as a decoration, the green leaves and red berries of certain species being associated with Christmas.


  • Green, slender, leaf-clad holly-boughs
    Were twisted gracefu' round her brows,
    I took her for some Scottish Muse,
    By that same token,
    An' come to stop those reckless vows,
    Would soon be broken.
  • All green was vanished save of pine and yew,
    That still displayed their melancholy hue;
    Save the green holly with its berries red,
    And the green moss that o'er the gravel spread.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 369.
  • Those hollies of themselves a shape
    As of an arbor took.
  • And as, when all the summer trees are seen
    So bright and green,
    The Holly leaves a sober hue display
    Less bright than they,
    But when the bare and wintry woods we see,
    What then so cheerful as the Holly-tree?
  • O Reader! hast thou ever stood to see
    The Holly-tree?
    The eye that contemplates it well perceives
    Its glossy leaves
    Ordered by an Intelligence so wise
    As might confound the Atheist's sophistries.

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