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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Thomas Hood – 9 May 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

Thomas Hood (1799–1845) was an English poet and humorist born in London. At sixteen he began writing for local newspapers and magazines. Later he became the editor of several periodicals in which he published many of his own poems. He is quoted as saying, “So I may earn my livelihood I have to be a lively Hood.”

Thomas Hood (1799–1845)

Tis like the birthday of the world,
When earth was born in bloom;
The light is made of many dyes,
The air is all perfume;
There's crimson buds, and white and blue,
The very rainbow showers
Have turned to blossoms where they fell,
And sown the earth with flowers.

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