BY (REV.) JOSEPH C. BOOTH.
A Happy Christmas to my many friends
And all who read these Yuletide sonnet rhymes!
May every heart ring out the gladsome chimes,
As 'round the festive board you meet, that bends
With Nature's gifts, Jehovah comprehends
Man's varied needs, and in His hands our times
Are held: His gifts of grace to distant climes
Are spread—to all mankind His love extends.
Let hearts of love respond to Love Divine!
Yield not to customs of barbaric birth;
In Christian service with your Lord combine
And scatter Christmas tidings o'er the earth:
Instead of Santa Claus, let Jesus reign—
Let no usurper challenge His domain!
Troy Times. December 24, 1919