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Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
01-Dec-07 - 08:44 PM
Thread Name: Songs for the Winter Solstice
Subject: RE: Songs for the Winter Solstice
Wintergrace

This is the time so well we love,
The time of all the year
When winter calls with chilling breath
For fireside and good cheer.
A time for man and beast to stand
And feel the season turn;
To watch the stars for secret signs
And God's true lessons learn.

For the time.....When the corn is all into the barn,
                The old cow's breath's a frosty wine
                And the morn across the fallow field
                Doth silver shine.

And when cold morning's radiant star
Shines over hill and plain,
We know anew, that little Babe
Is born to us again...
And man and beast and bird and tree-
Each one in his own place
We bow our hearts and thank our gods
For winter rest and grace.

For the time.....When the corn is all into the barn,
                The Old cow's breath's a frosty wine
                And the morn across the fallow field
                Doth silver shine.
                      Jean Ritchie (Geordie Music Publishing Co.)
(Written about 1965 or so, in memory of my childhood in our farming family who loved the snow and cold because they gave resting time to
folks- we looked on winter as a time of grace for us)