A Christ­mas verse

Hristmas 2006, saw the very first Eye on the Past, (then called A Sus­sex Scrap­book) and fea­tured a great sea­sonal story that just has to be re­peated ev­ery so of­ten. World War II had been fought for just a few months when the king, Ge­orge VI (the monarch f

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The king be­came for­ever as­so­ci­ated with this verse and it’s in­scribed at the bot­tom of his stained-glass memo­rial win­dow in Wind­sor’s Royal Mau­soleum.

Min­nie Louise Hask­ins her­self (1875-1957) be­came some­thing of a celebrity.

She was as­tounded to hear her poem read out by the king on Christ­mas Day, and ev­ery­one wanted a copy. It was ac­tu­ally a small part of a much longer poem The Gate of the Year. She do­nated the roy­al­ties earned from all the suc­ceed­ing in­ter­est in the poem to char­ity.

In more re­cent times, The Gate of the Year was read at the Queen Mother’s fu­neral in April 2002 and, in part, by David At­ten­bor­ough, at the Queen’s 90th Birth­day Cel­e­bra­tions in June 2016.

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