Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Yule!

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper

So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!!

2 comments:

  1. I sat and watched the last of the evening fade out of the sky, and night begin, on the longest day of the year, just two nights ago. Teh blackbirds chirruped until about 9pm, and then fell silent suddenly. A few tui called on plaintively for about ten minutes longer, until at last all we could hear were the ruru launching into their night's hunting. Orion sprang up over the horizon, and a near full moon lit the hills. We sat on and on in the summer warmth. Lovely.

    Christams and holiday greetings, and best wishes for the new year, from the summer country - New Zealand.

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  2. I always find it comforting in some way, that somewhere else the sun shines while the clouds rain on me. :)

    Bright Blessings to you and yours.

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