By the Fire-Place

By Arthur Franklin Fuller

  1. When the days are getting shorter,
    When the nights are long and chill,
    With my cares and work forgotten,
    And the whole world hushed and still-
    Then I love to make a fire.
    Watch the flamelets dance and race.
    For things are mighty cozy,
    By the fire-place.

    I love to have a friend or two
    To make the deal complete —
    Shoes off, cocked on an extry chair.
    We toast our weary feet;
    A bowl of pop-corn sittin’ near,
    While time slips by apace,
    Why folks, it’s awful cozy,
    By the fire-place.

    Pretty soon some nice quotation,
    Comes a-singin’ through his head-
    A clean and sweet quotation,
    Whose charm is quickly spread;
    I’ll bound I’ll give an answer,
    A match for his in grace —
    Dad Time’s a grand romancer.
    By the fire-place.

    Then my friend may tell a story,
    Course I’ll try to do as well —
    We’ll both be in our glory,
    Just a-weavin’ fiction’s spell;
    I’ll read some book of poems —
    Prose animates his face —
    A man gets stout but younger,
    By the fire-place.

    We may tell the joys and sorrows
    That have figured in the past,
    Speculate on our Tomorrows —
    But tears may start at last —
    In those glowing, ruddy embers,
    Fancy paints an absent face —
    There’s a comfort one remembers,
    By the fire-place.

    Bye ‘n’ bye it comes to bed-time.
    And I wind the clock and say,
    “Nine more hours an’ we’ll be facin’
    Another little day;
    But b’gosh, ’twill soon be over.
    Back again our steps we’ll trace —
    Spend another pleasant evenin’ —
    By the fire-place.”
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