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KNIGHTING OF THE SIRLOIN


"Merry Christmas!" hear them say,
  As the East is growing lighter;
"May the joy of Christmas Day
  Make your whole year gladder, brighter!"
    Join their singing,
      "To each home
      Our Christ has come,
  All Love's treasures with Him bringing!"



THE KNIGHTING OF THE SIRLOIN OF
BEEF BY CHARLES THE SECOND

The Second Charles of England
   Rode forth one Christmas tide,
To hunt a gallant stag of ten,
   Of Chingford woods the pride.

The winds blew keen, the snow fell fast,
   And made for earth a pall,
As tired steeds and wearied men
   Returned to Friday Hall.

The blazing logs, piled on the dogs,
   Were pleasant to behold!
And grateful was the steaming feast
   To hungry men and cold.

With right good-will all took their fill,
   And soon each found relief;