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#AdamsArchiveAdventCalendar Day 17: Christmas 1850, Etching By Samuel Palmer. (1805- 1881)

From the first published edition, as issued in 'Samuel Palmer, A Memoir' by A. H. Palmer in 1882.

This etching was inspired by lines from a sonnet by John Codrington Bampfylde (1754-1796):

Old Christmas comes, to close the wanéd year,

And aye the shepherd’s heart to make right glad;

Who, when his teeming flocks are homeward had,

To blazing hearth repairs, and nut-brown beer

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