William Topaz McGonagall
William Topaz McGonagall Poems
- A Christmas Carol Welcome, sweet Christmas, blest be the ...
- A Descriptive Poem On The Silv... Beautiful silvery ...
- An Address To Shakespeare Immortal! William Shakespeare, ...
- A Tale Of The Sea A pathetic tale of the sea I will ...
- A Humble Heroine 'Twas at the Seige of Matagarda, during the ...
- The Tay Bridge Disaster Beautiful Railway Bridge of the ...
- A New Temperance Poem, In Memo...
William Topaz McGonagall was born of rather poor Irish parents in Edinburgh, Scotland, in March 1825. In his nearly unreadable, rambling biographical notes1, one eventually learns that he sprang from a family of five children and that he worked with his father as a handloom weaver. His education appears to have been patchy, but, in his own words, 'William has been like the immortal Shakespeare he had learned more from nature than he ever learned at school'. The family settled in Dundee while William was still a boy, and he lived there for the rest of his life. He died in 1902.
As a grown man, he continued to work in the family trade, and married one Jean King in 1846. At about ... more »
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A Christmas Carol
Welcome, sweet Christmas, blest be the morn
That Christ our Saviour was born!
Earth's Redeemer, to save us from all danger,
And, as the Holy Record tells, born in a manger.
Then ring, ring, Christmas bells,
Till your sweet music o'er the kingdom swells,
To warn the people to respect the morn
That Christ their Saviour was born.
The snow was on the ground when Christ was born,
And the Virgin Mary His mother felt very forlorn
As she lay in a horse's stall at a roadside inn,
Till Christ our Saviour was born to free us from sin.