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It is Christmas Day in the workhouse,
And the cold, bare walls are bright
With garlands of green and holly,
And the place is a pleasant sight;
For with clean-washed hands and faces,
In a long and hungry line
The paupers sit at the table,
For this is the hour they dine.

And the guardians and their ladies,
Although the wind is east,
Have come in their furs and wrappers,
To watch their charges feast;
To smile and be condescending,
Put pudding on pauper plates.
To be hosts at the workhouse banquet
They’ve paid for — with the rates.

Oh, the paupers are meek and lowly
With their “Thank’ee kindly, mum’s!'”
So long as they fill their stomachs,
What matter it whence it comes!
But one of the old men mutters,
And pushes his plate aside:
“Great God!” he cries, “but it chokes me!
For this is the day she died!”

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4 thoughts on “Christmas Day in the Workhouse – George R. Sims (1903)

  1. Leyla says:

    Merry Christmas!


    1. Ronnie says:

      Merry Christmas to you Leyla. I hope 2015 is a good year for you.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. inavukic says:

    Hope your Christmas Day was good, Ronnie – many good wishes for New Year

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ronnie says:

      Thank you Ina. I hope the new year brings you everything you deserve.

      Liked by 1 person

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