Christmas in Australia

Victor James Daley 1858 – 1905

O DAY, the crown and crest of all the year!
  Thou comest not to us amid the snows,
  But midmost of the reign of the red rose;
Our hearts have not yet lost the ancient cheer
That filled our fathers’ simple hearts when sere
  The leaves fell, and the winds of Winter froze
  The waters wan, and carols at the close
Of yester-eve sang the Child Christ anear.
And so we hail thee with a greeting high,
  And drain to thee a draught of our own wine,
Forgetful not beneath this bluer sky
  Of that old mother-land beyond the brine,
Whose gray skies gladden as thou drawest nigh,
  O day of God’s good-will the seal and sign!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Victor James Daley

Victor James William Patrick Daley 5 September 1858 29 December 1905 was an Australian poet and journalist more…

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