#adventrunning day 21 – solstice

And it is horrible out – drizzly 10c, dark.

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A demonstration of my non-sense of direction (nonsense, perhaps). I thought I was at the first arrow but was at the second. Sigh.

The dark of winter is a stinky time for many, and a good opportunity to light candles and Christmas lights to frighten the old year away. 2016 will take a good deal of scaring off I think.

I am fond of the Lyke Wake Dirge at this time of year (though I am totally non-religious); the whole get-what-you-gave, and progress through hardship seems appropriate for this time of year. A good time to remember that there are people out there who are without homes and light and warmth.

There are many versions, this one is from my (very late) mother’s Oxford Book of English Verse which she received for Christmas in 1939.

A Lyke-Wake Dirge – Anonymous

This ae nighte, this ae nighte,
– Every nighte and alle,
Fire and fleet and candle-lighte, 
And Christe receive thy saule.

 

When thou from hence away art past,
– Every nighte and alle,
To Whinny-muir thou coms’t at last;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If ever thou gavest hosen and shoon,
– Every nighte and alle,
Sit the down and put them on;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If hosen and shoon thou ne’er gav’st nane
– Every nighte and alle,
The whinnes sall prick thee to the bare bane;
And Christe receive thy saule.

From Whinny-muir when thou may’st pass,
– Every nighte and alle,
To Brig o’ Dread thou coms’t at last;
And Christe receive thy saule.

From Brig o’Dread when thou mays’t pass,
– Every nighte and alle,
To Purgatory fire thou coms’t at last;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If ever thou gavest meat or drink,
– Every nighte and alle,
The fire shall never make thee shrink;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If meat or drink thou ne’er gav’st nane,
– Every nighte and alle,
The fire will burn thee to the bare bane;
And Christe receive thy saule.

This ae night, this ae night,
– Every nighte and alle,
Fire and fleet and candle-light;
And Christe receive thy saule.

More information here or herecandle

A rather grubby candle to help frighten away fear, loneliness, cold, poverty, hunger and discrimination (tall order for just the one candle, I agree.)

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. zoeforman says:

    Let’s hope storm Barbara doesn’t show her face to disrupt us

  2. mercyjm says:

    Oh yes. Let’s hope she isn’t trouble! There is a lot of running still to do this year.

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