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
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.