25 December 1917

Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

As we passed the British cruisers they gave us three cheers for going to sea on Christmas Day

Christmas 1917, Phil Harum, Parkes

“Peace on earth; goodwill to men.”
A scrap of paper. But its surface bears
A wish that neither Time nor Tide impairs;

A prayerful wish that never can grow cold
While Faith and Hope the souls of men uphold.
And Charity sends forth her soft’ning rays
To pierce the darkest of our gloomy days.

Amidst the thunder of a thousand guns,
Where clouds of hate obscure the rising sun.
Or in this land, remote from War’s alarms,
Where Peace, though sullied, still retains her charms;

No sweeter message ever flowed from pen
Than that of “Peace on Earth, Good will to men.”

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This entry was posted on December 25th, 2017.