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A very happy Christmas to you all. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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A very happy Christmas to you all.

Well.  Having already done the Naughty Card for the year, here are two traditional cards for the orthodox (or the seasonally orthodox), and one seasonally-non-specific Rude Card for the Scrooge in all of us.

Iconic, what?

More port, Bishop?

 

My thanks and best wishes to you all; I’ll try to get caught up with comments by Boxing Day; for now, I leave you with this bit of Christmas verse, of Harry Vaughan’s devising.

 

The Nativity

 

Peace? and to all the world? sure, One
And He the Prince of Peace, hath none.
He travels to be born, and then
Is born to travel more again.
Poor
Galilee
! thou canst not be
The place for His nativity.
His restless mother’s called away,
And not delivered till she pay.
A tax? ’tis so still! we can see
The church thrive in her misery;
And like her Head at Bethlem, rise
When she, oppressed with troubles, lies.
Rise? should all fall, we cannot be
In more extremities than He.
Great Type of passions! come what will,
Thy grief exceeds all copies still.
Thou cam’st from heaven to earth, that we
Might go from earth to heaven with Thee.
And though Thou foundest no welcome here,
Thou didst provide us mansions there.
A stable was Thy court, and when
Men turned to beasts, beasts would be men.
They were Thy courtiers, others none;
And their poor manger was Thy throne.
No swaddling silks Thy limbs did fold,
Though Thou couldst turn Thy rays to gold.
No rockers waited on Thy birth,
No cradles stirred, nor songs of mirth;
But her chaste lap and sacred breast
Which lodged Thee first did give Thee rest.
But stay: what light is that doth stream,
And drop here in a gilded beam?
It is Thy star runs page, and brings
Thy tributary Eastern kings.
Lord! grant some light to us, that we
May with them find the way to Thee.
Behold what mists eclipse the day:
How dark it is! shed down one ray
To guide us out of this sad night,
And say once more, ‘Let there be light.’

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wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 29th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks. All the best to you as well.

(I cannot imagine why I ever thought I'd get everything done here by, much less on, Boxing Day.)
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