George Herbert's Christmas List
I do not wish for aught because the Lord
Hath always my heart’s stocking fill’d with cheer.
His love is life’s foundation and reward-
This paragon of gifts He gives all year.
Get thee behind me Santa, do not tempt
Ungratefulness in those whom God hath blest-
By the Almighty’s grace am I exempt
From death. In Heaven shall I ever rest.
He moulded me this world to live upon,
And though I share it there is room enow.
O’er beasts He granted me dominion-
The hedgehog and the ferret and the cow.
The lighthouse of His tenderness doth keep
My sinful boat from ploughing into rocks.
All else is by these bounties render’d cheap-
But then again I wouldn’t mind some socks.