The nicest thing to me Was the conciliation of the family Arguing family Over the birth-day cake at tea But cease Now in peace.’
Thanks for sending me the poem, Bloom.
Huxley says he's a little tipsy (a bit off it), and the poem is about the reconciliation of the religious with the secular - hence the reference to General Booth (there shouldn't be an e at the end of his name, incidentally) - and the reconciliation of arguing strands in the family, who are brought together, he hopes, at Christmas.
The cease is an imperative, and addressed to all the warring, arguing, factions of the squabble-loving nation.Cease bickering. He's saying they should be reconciled at Christmas and that the mincepie is, for him, a sort of symbol of the happy reconciliation of differences within the family, over the common pleasure of eating together. A mincepie is tradional Christmas food.