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CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD’S CHRISTMAS HYMN 1943

"December 21 (1943): Amiya, talking of Christmas preparations, said, "Well - I shall cook a little turkey, and offer it to Christ, that’s all." So now I’ve composed a Christmas hymn (to the tune of "John Brown’s Body"):

I cooked a little turkey and I offered it to Christ,
The money that I paid for it was gladly sacrificed,
I flavored it so nicely, it was beautifully spiced -
But Christ had just had lunch.

Chorus: He’d had lunch with Allan Hunter,
He’d had lunch with Allan Hunter,
He’d had lunch with Allan Hunter,
Where they gave him soya beans.

Jesus wasn’t hungry, but he bashfully confessed
That he liked a nice young turkey and he’d take a bit of breast.
Soon he’d got the legs off, and gobbled up the rest -
Although he’d just had lunch.

Chorus: Although he’d had lunch with Allan Hunter,
He’d had lunch with Allan Hunter,
He’d had lunch with Allan Hunter,
Where they gave him gluten steak.

When Our Lord had finished, he wiped his lips and sighed
“For God’s sake don’t tell the Hunters, or they’ll be horrified,
But a fellow gets an appetite when he’s been crucified -
He needs a second lunch.”

Chorus: Especially when he’s lunched with Allan Hunter,
He’d had lunch with Allan Hunter,
He’d had lunch with Allan Hunter,
Where they give you cashew nuts.

So listen, all you Christians, and follow my advice:
Let Buddha have the vegetables, let Krishna keep the rice,
But when Jesus comes to visit, just fix him something nice,
And perhaps he’ll stay for lunch.

Chorus: Even though he’d had lunch with Allan Hunter,
Even though he’d had lunch with Allan Hunter,
Even though he’d had lunch with Allan Hunter,
Because he HATES those SOYA BEANS!”


(Note: Allan Hunter, part of the circle of the Huxleys and Gerald Heard, was a minister at a Congregationalist church. He was also a vegetarian.)

-Christopher Isherwood, DIARIES, VOLUME ONE: 1939 - 1960, Edited and introduced by Katherine Bucknell, New York: Harper Collins, 1996, pp. 330-331. (pg)

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— Christopher Isherwood, DIARIES, VOLUME ONE: 1939 - 1960, Edited and introduced by Katherine Bucknell, New York: Harper Collins, 1996, pp. 330-331. (pg)

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Order now:  Christopher Isherwood LIBERATION Diaries, Volume Three: 1970-1983, edited and introduced by Katherine Bucknell, preface by Edmund White , published on November 20, 2012 by Harper Collins, New York

Order now:  Christopher Isherwood LIBERATION Diaries, Volume Three: 1970-1983, edited and introduced by Katherine Bucknell, preface by Edmund White , published on November 20, 2012 by Harper Collins, New York

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AT THE HUNTINGTON: Don Bachardy and Katherine Bucknell, editor, signing copies of Christopher Isherwood, LIBERATION: Diaries Volume Three, 1970-1983, on the U.S. publication date by Harper Collins, November 20, 2012.

AT THE HUNTINGTON: Don Bachardy and Katherine Bucknell, editor, signing copies of Christopher Isherwood, LIBERATION: Diaries Volume Three, 1970-1983, on the U.S. publication date by Harper Collins, November 20, 2012.

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December 4, 1971

"December 4 (1971): In the mornings I wake up and think of death - not with terror yet but with a heavy heart. Because there is my darling beside me and the prospect of our parting is painful beyond all words. Love is agony, but Proust is a shit for saying so the way he did. A saint is right to speak against attachment. But saints suffer too. Prousts just sneer and whine, so they have asthma instead."

- Christopher Isherwood, LIBERATION: DIARIES, VOLUME THREE: 1970 - 1983, Edited and introduced by Katherine Bucknell, Preface by Edmund White, New York: Harper Collins, 2012, p. 213. (pg)

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