24 December 2010

A christmas McGonagall

by William McGonagall

It was biting cold, and the falling snow,
Which filled a poor little match girl's heart with woe,
Who was bareheaded and barefooted, as she went along the street,
Crying, "Who'll buy my matches? for I want pennies to buy some meat!"

When she left home she had slippers on;
But, alas! poor child, now they were gone.
For she lost both of them while hurrying across the street,
Out of the way of two carriages which were near by her feet.

So the little girl went on, while the snow fell thick and fast;
And the child's heart felt cold and downcast,
For nobody had bought any matchea that day,
Which filled her little mind with grief and dismay.

Alas! she was hungry and shivering with cold;
So in a corner between two houses she made bold
To take shelter from the violent storm.
Poor little waif! wishing to herself she'd never been born.

And she grew colder and colder, and feared to go home
For fear of her father beating her; and she felt woe-begone
Because she could carry home no pennies to buy bread,
And to go home without pennies she was in dread.

The large flakes of snow covered her ringlets of fair hair;
While the passers-by for her had no care,
As they hurried along to their homes at a quick pace,
While the cold wind blew in the match girl's face.

As night wore on her hands were numb with cold,
And no longer her strength could her uphold,
When an idea into her little head came:
She'd strike a match and warm her hands at the flame.

And she lighted the match, and it burned brightly,
And it helped to fill her heart with glee;
And she thought she was sitting at a stove very grand;
But, alas! she was found dead, with a match in her hand!

Her body was found half-covered with snow,
And as the people gazed thereon their hearts were full of woe;
And many present let fall a burning tear
Because she was found dead on the last night of the year,

In that mighty city of London, wherein is plenty of gold -
But, alas! their charity towards street waifs is rather cold.
But I hope the match girl's in Heaven, beside her Saviour dear,
A bright reward for all the hardships she suffered here.

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James Higham said...

Oh yes indeedy.

jams o donnell said...

Nothing like a bit of William T at Christmas!

jmb said...

May you and the not wife have a wonderful Christmas Jams, and I hope the New Year will bring you new challenges of a good kind.

jams o donnell said...

Thanks jmb. I hope you have a good day

Sue St Clair said...

Very moving. My Mother used to read us the Little match Girl and it never failed to move me to tears. It is fitting for this season.

Merry Christmas and all the best in 2011!

jams o donnell said...

Thanks Sue. it is a sad story, even more poignant with MacGonagall's awful verse!

Have a very happy Xmas

The Lone Beader® said...

Thanks for stoppin by my blog recently! Hope you having a happy holiday season! :D

jams o donnell said...

Thanks LB!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Merry XMas, jams.

jams o donnell said...

And a merry Xmas to you too Welshcakes

Kay Dennison said...

Gotta love it!!!!!

Merry Christmas to you and the not wife!!!!!

jams o donnell said...

I hope you had a great day Kay!