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(03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

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Christmas (Tuckerman sonnet)

(after A. E. Housman)

Home are the soldiers, they are home and free,
they are home from the far off battlefield
never to a man’s will again to yield
home with loved ones, some friends to see.
Home is the farmer from the working field
where many acres of land lies prepared,
he is at the place where he wants to be
safe under God’s almighty constant shield

free from all kinds of dark iniquity
tranquillity is in the open veldt,
the evening falls, twilight is at hand,
with his cattle all having being cared
and soldier’s dance with a happy band,
close the farmer’s wife is being held

[Reference: XXII “Home is the sailor, home from sea” by A. E. Housman.]

Submitted: Thursday, December 22, 2011

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