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Blessings of Winter

The Shortest Day
by Susan Cooper (author of The Dark is Rising)

And 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, revelling.
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, feast, give thanks,

And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.

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  • December 22, 2009, 6:44 pm Ellen-Mary

    Lovely! Thanks for posting this, Beth.

  • December 23, 2009, 7:55 am Star*

    Yule Blessings to all! The sun is brightly shining this morning!