Fourteenth Day of Advent

Bring frost, bring snow,
Come winter, bring us holly.
Bring joy at Christmas,
Off with melancholy!

from Christmas Roses by Lizzie Lawson and Robert Ellice Mack, published in London by Griffith, Farran & Company, 1887.

Here is a classic Victorian portrayal of an idealised, angelic little girl, with her rosy cheeks, blonde hair and blue eyes, clutching a bunch of white flowers. Such a sentimental image may not be to our taste these days, but Lizzie Mack’s illustrations were very popular at the time, and it’s a beautiful example of its genre. She is credited as Lizzie Lawson here, along with Robert Ellice Mack, who later became her husband.

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