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Everyone's Posting Carols

So here's one from me:




And a poem

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, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends, and hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year, and every year.
Welcome, Yule!
--by Susan Cooper, 1977 written for The Christmas Revels

thanks to GraceAnne DeCandido on childlit for sending the poem

Comments

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mamculuna
Dec. 24th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
So beautiful! and I love the poem.
sartorias
Dec. 24th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
I lvoe it! I tried to find a good version of Lux Venit, but failed, alas.
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