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
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.
Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
Some of the music you'll hear on this weeks show include Loreeena McKennitt: "Snow"; Mother Tongue: "The Wintry Queen"; Maddy Prior: "Red and Green"; Jethro Tull: "Ring Out, Solstice Bells"; Billy May: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo" and more.
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