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Post by aradlaw » December 10th, 2017, 5:36 pm

To The Next Christmas by T. W. H. Crosland (c. 1865 - 1924).

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Thomas William Hodgson Crosland was a British author, poet, journalist and friend of royalty. Thomas was a humanitarian who frequently wrote in his poems about the impoverished and sick and unemployed, especially caring about returned soldiers in the First World War. ( Wikipedia)
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My dear Next Christmas,—
It is an excellent journalistic thing,
Not to say a poetical thing,
To be first in the field.
Behold me, therefore, advancing
At the head of that motley army
Which will inevitably hail you
When your time comes.
For your predecessor,
My dear Next Christmas,
I cannot say much.
He came in with several thousand inches of rain;
He went out on a watery moon.
There was turkey as usual,
Pudding as usual,
Mistletoe as usual,
Peace on earth as usual.
There were also the waits,
The young folks,
The postman,
The dustman
(No connection with the scavengers),
And the turncock.
We had a merry day.
Half the world pretended to be happy,
The other half pretended to be bored.
The festivities, I understand,
Are still being kept up.
There is a ping-pong tournament at the Queen's Hall
And a children's banquet
At the Guildhall on Tuesday evening;
Not to mention Mr. Dan Leno at Drury Lane
And Mr. De Wet at the Tweefontein.
It is all very cheerful
And very inspiriting.
All the same,
Let us not repine:
Christmas comes but once a year,
And it will come again, I fear.
This couplet, of course.
My dear Next Christmas,
Is not intended to be
Disrespectful to you;
It is inserted simply
For the sake of effect.
For I never miss an opportunity
Of bursting into rhyme.
When the way is plain before me.
My dear Next Christmas,
Do not be discouraged,
Come next year by all means;
If I said "Don't come"
You would come just the same.
Therefore, I say "Come,"
And I trust, my dear Next Christmas,
That when you do come
You will bring us a little luck.
Ring out the old, as it were,
And ring in the new;
Let candied peel
Be a trifle cheaper;
Let the war be settled
To the satisfaction of both parties;
Let the book trade flourish;
Let the Income-tax be reduced:
Let there be a fine Christmas Eve
And dry waits,
And a little skating next morning;
Let there be peace and plenty,
A pocket full of money,
And a barrel full of beer,
And all other good things,
Including a free and enlightened Press,
And a strong demand
For seasonable poetry.
My dear Next Christmas,
Here is my hand,
With my heart in it.
Till we meet again—
As Mr. Hall Caine says—
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Post by ej400 » December 11th, 2017, 5:53 am

If you need a DPL, I can volunteer. :D
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Post by pschempf » December 11th, 2017, 2:11 pm

David-

Hard to believe Christmas is almost here again - where did the year go? My grandmother used to say as she got older the days went slower and the years went faster - doesn't seem fair.

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Post by aradlaw » December 12th, 2017, 7:58 am

ej400 wrote:If you need a DPL, I can volunteer. :D
You are down for DPL Elijah. :D (I've sent you a PM)
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Post by Algy Pug » December 12th, 2017, 4:36 pm

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Post by aradlaw » December 16th, 2017, 11:20 am

Thank you Phil and Algy. :thumbs:
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Post by pschempf » December 16th, 2017, 11:28 am

Thank you David. Glad to have this done before I leave tomorrow. :clap:
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Post by aradlaw » December 16th, 2017, 12:49 pm

Bon voyage Phil, I hope you're off to somewhere warm and sunny. :D
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Post by pschempf » December 16th, 2017, 1:15 pm

It was 118°F when I was there in July 2017, but hopefully will be more moderate this time of year. :wink: It is 39° and pouring rain here right now so a bit of sun is something to look forward to anyway. Thank you for the good wishes. The season's best to you.
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Post by aradlaw » December 16th, 2017, 1:34 pm

Here, it is -8 C, (your) 17.6 F with a foot of snow. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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Post by pschempf » December 16th, 2017, 1:36 pm

One blessing with our weather - you don't have to shovel rain. :wink:
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Post by fshort » December 16th, 2017, 2:25 pm

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Merry Christmas to all :lol:
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Post by aradlaw » December 16th, 2017, 6:00 pm

Thank you Florence, good to hear you again. :thumbs: Merry Christmas.
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Post by NemoR » December 16th, 2017, 8:07 pm

Merry Christmas David!

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Post by Jamina1 » December 16th, 2017, 8:28 pm

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