Say What You Will About the Winter Gloom

Music: Ach Elslein, liebes Elselein Mein.
By Ludwig Senfl.
Sequenced by Curtis Clark, at The Internet Renaissance Band

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Say what you will about the winter gloom!
Each year the turn towards light's a celebration.
And so it is with life: the darkest doom
Succeeds in summoning its own salvation.
Open, then, your heart to what may come,
Nor should you fear the advent of the night.
Selves are far more than their selfish sum,
Graced within with everlasting light.
Revels move indoors as darkness falls
Early, lit by laughter, songs, and love.
Even as the cold wind wailing calls,
The lilt of life and longing stronger proves.
In this season of good will and cheer,
Night and frost undo the dying year.
Gifts pour in, the joyful music plays --
Signs of hope and slowly lengthening days.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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