Mr & Mrs Smith

Mr & Mrs Smith

We sing a long awaited day ,
A day of wonder and delight ,
That dazzled though the sky was grey
And blazed to a triumphant night :
We sing a night of huge display ,
When Earth amazed the folk of Mars
With radiant showers of falling stars
From sky to waters no less bright ,
And men were merry at the sight :
All these great deeds , and more than they ,
Shone in a nutshell far away .

And we who gayly to the nutshell came
Saw all this surge of fiery jubilation ,
Saw quaint devices etched in eager flame ,
Heard the great roar of public acclamation :
Yet still securely in the nutshell sat ,
Grateful with such good friends to laugh and chat ,
And with buzz of friendly conversation
Echo the grand rejoicing of the nation :
All this we did , and now with thanks acclaim
The Nutshell and the pair who chose its name .

[ On the reverse side of to Mr & Mrs Wilkins With many thanks and great delight]

Mr and Mrs Wilkins

Mr and Mrs Wilkins

With many thanks and great delight
These verses in your praise we write ,
Hoping in true , though humble lay
Some shred of our great debt to pay
To you, who granted us the sight
Of majesty and beauty bright :
Poets of old hymned patrons’ might
For lesser gifts : we sing as they ,
With many thanks .

When pomp and pageant reached their height
The joyous hours took speedy flight ;
But still as years roll on we may
Remember that right royal day ,
And still your kindness may requite
With many thanks .

[June 1953 ]

On the same sheet as to Mr & Mrs Smith We sing a long awaited day