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Thread #2245   Message #2796731
Posted By: Charley Noble
26-Dec-09 - 12:21 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Christmas Day in the Workhouse
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christmas Day in the Workhouse
I've only sung various parodies of this long poem by George Roberts Sims (posted above) and assumed that it was the usual Victorian sentimental claptrap. But evidently he was a serious muckracking journalist with his heart in the right place. His last verse nails most of us:

21. "There, get ye gone to your dinners;
Don't mind me in the least;
Think of the happy paupers
Eating your Christmas feast;
And when you recount their blessings
In your smug parochial way,
Say what you did for me, too,
Only last Christmas Day."

Charley Noble