Friday, March 13, 2009

Winter

The Crossing, a Christian Celtic/Folk music group took Robert Burns' dirge poem "Winter" and gave it a chorus and a melody that I love. Here are the words with the chorus:

The wintry wind extends his blast,
And hail and rain dost blow;
Or, the stormy north sends driving forth
the blinding sleet and snow:
While tumbling brown, the burn comes down,
And roars from bank to brae;
And bird and beast in covert rest,
And pass the heartless day.

"The sweeping blast, the sky o'ercast,"
The joyless winter-day
Let others fear, to me more dear
Than all the pride of May:
The tempest's howl, it soothes my soul
My griefs it seems to join;
The leafless trees my fancy please,
Their fate resembles mine!

Through the night, through the night
Through the night and all
Tho' all my strength be sorely spent
And stars do die and fall
To thee my King I gladly cling
When black winds howl and blow
When all is done and battle won
Let Christ receive my soul

Thou power supreme, whose mighty scheme
These woes of mine fulfill
Here, firm, I rest, they must be best,
Because they are thy will!
Then all I want, (Oh! do thou grant
This one request of mine!)
Since to enjoy thou dost deny,
Assist me to resign.

Through the night, through the night
Through the night and all
Tho' all my strength be sorely spent
And stars do die and fall
To thee my King I gladly cling
When black winds howl and blow
When all is done and battle won
Let Christ receive my soul

I remember singing that at the top of my voice while peddling my bike up the hill to the Welch's outside Northfield the night I saw Braveheart. I love the imagery and the determination. As it happens, I do also like winter. I brought that cd in to the office today. Mostly I was bringing in a bunch of Irish-ish stuff to listen to going into St. Paddy's day. Trinity laid me off today. I'm really glad I brought the Crossing in with me so I can listen to "Winter".

7 comments:

Jennifer said...

I'm so sorry! I'm thinking of you.

Becca said...

I had to read that three times to make sure I was actually reading that line.

Severance package or anything?

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

The word verification is "blessau".

Everett said...

6 weeks pay; They cover COBRA for two months. I haven't looked at the details yet. I won't, probably, until Monday. Until then I'm cleaning out my office, mourning, and trying to do what I can to ease the transition.

Mrs. Allroro said...

Everett, I'm really sorry to hear that. Call me if you want.

Tooz said...

Bubba, I hate that. I wish it hadn't happened. But it did, so I guess you just take it from there, right? We love you, and we're here. Call us, we'll call you back.

Tooz said...

Dog Ku (composed for this occasion)

Bark bark bark bark bark
Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark
Bark bark bark bark crap.