Kay: ‘Twas Daybreak on Christmas

Sleigh-Silhouette’Twas daybreak on Christmas, and all through the hall
All the servants were stirring, for tonight was the ball.
The Yule log was laid and the mistletoe hung,
In hopes that Sir Darcy’s fling would be flung.

Miss Lizzie still nestled all snug in her bed,
While nightmares of family danced in her head.
But Mary and Kitty, and Lydia, too,
Argued at breakfast about whom Darcy would woo.

Then out in the parlor there rose such a clatter
Jane sprang from the table to see to the matter.
Maids had dropped glasses, which smashed on the floor
The butler was livid and gave them what-for.

The cook was still worried her sauce wasn’t right
While Papa hit his sauce and got pretty tight.
The daughters decided to primp the whole day
When Mama’s hysterics just drove them away.

Finally—at long last!—the party time neared
The moon glistened down as bad weather cleared.
Arriving by carriage the revelers came,
And the butler emerged to call them by name.

Here’s Darcy and Collins,
And Bingley among us!
And Wickham’s dismounting
To give us comeuppance!
To Lucas goes Collins
And Jane’s Bingley’s bride!
But Lizzie dumped Darcy
Because of his pride.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh is a pain in the heinie
Her ego is huge and her modesty, tiny
Here’s Caroline Bingley, the Gardiners, too
Georgiana is present to beef up the stew.

Mr. Bennet, the host, a right jolly old squire,
Greeted each guest as he stood by the fire.
“It’s peachy to see you, now don’t be so shy of us,
Just dance all you want like a woolly rhinoceros!”

And then, in a twinkling, the music commenced
And Lizzie sat down, leaving Darcy incensed.
Kitty and Lydia flirted like mad
And Wickham decided to act like a cad.

His eyes—how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses from way too much sherry.
He spoke of his love, he said, “Come and be mine.”
And Lydia believed him, that smooth-talking swine.

They flew off to Derbyshire, where they could wed
But Darcy went after them, his heart full of dread.
He promised his Lizzie he’d bring back the villain
But said not a word about blood he’d be spillin’.

Lizzie stayed up like a ghost the whole night
Till Darcy returned at dawn’s early light.
“They’re married,” he told her, “and all will be well.”
“My hero,” she said. He said, “My precious belle.”

He then took her hand and got down on his knee,
“I was stupid and wrong,” he said. “Please marry me.
I thought I was wise, but it’s you I admire.
So if you can love me, let’s tell your good sire.”

Lizzie erupted just like a volcano.
“I love you, I do, and never could say no.
I’ll marry you now and love you forever
And stand by your side through every endeavor.”

And so our tale ends with a happy e’er after
And hearts full of love and plenty of laughter.
For you, my dear readers, I wish much the same,
But for poor stabs at poetry, I take all the blame.

17 thoughts on “Kay: ‘Twas Daybreak on Christmas

  1. Good job Kay. I’ve always been a fan of “The Night Before Christmas.” Combining it with P&P makes a very entertaining read.

  2. This is so wonderful! What a lovely Christmas present to open up! My favorite Christmas poem, my favorite 19th century novel, and all those surprising and deft rhymes that are all your own.

    Merry Christmas, Kay! And Happy Holidays to all our readers, near and far!

    • Robert Frost and Longfellow, not to mention Billy Collins, would revolt if they saw me rhyme “volcano” with “say no,” but it was still fun to do. Merry Christmas to you, too!

    • A supervisor once told me that we value more the qualities we don’t ourselves possess. Some people prefer to write shorter pieces, some prefer longer. You write novels and flow with the ancients—how fabulous is that!

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