January 27, 2011

Quotation of the day

I don't know what it's like in your "neck of the woods," but here in the Midwest we are finally supposed to have a couple days with above freezing temperatures.  At last, a chance to scrape all the ice off the driveway and get the car washed!  Until we get there, though, I will enjoy the snow piling up bit by bit around our yard.  I snapped this photo of our frosty little boxwoods yesterday.

It makes me think of the first verse of "In the Bleak Midwinter."  I know it's a Christmas carol, but it just seems appropriately descriptive of this time of year too.

In the bleak mid-winter
  Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
  Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
  Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
  Long ago.

- Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

This sheet music takes me back to my choir days.  The notes here seem a little different from what I remember; maybe this carol is sung to different tunes.  In the version we sang, that last "snoooow on snow" always seemed a little long, like the snow really was never-ending.  Does anybody else remember singing this version?

Either way, since much of the country is experiencing the cold, dark days of winter, tomorrow I'll try to warm things up a bit with some images of happy, colorful interiors.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't remember this song, but seeing Christina Rosetti's name brings me back to my British Lit Survey courses! Requesting Edward Lear next week! ;-)

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