The Nicholas de Serce
Nicholas de Sere's origin and most of his history are a mystery
So this is a short story,
with all of that we know about this intriguing signori.
It is believed, centuries ago, late one chilly Christmas eve,
was the only time Nicholas de Serce has ever been seen.
As the legend goes, Befana had a wretched headache,
bedridden she was not able to make deliveries before daybreak
She asked her friend to assist, honored he could not resist.
Nicholas quickly rallied a large crew and took off in a flurry.
They arrived in La Spezia with a fleet of bulging dories,
filled with packages resplendent in their glory.
They made heed, breaking the loads onto lorries with steeds,
then quickly set off at a lighting paced speed,
delivering all night by candle and lantern light.
The gifts were safely in place before the rising sun,
Nicholas de Sere's good deed was done,
he and his team quietly rowed off to their faraway home.
But when he was kissing Italy goodbye,
Nicholas left his lantern behind,
now stored deep in the Uffici it keeps his legend alive.
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