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Good Yule

Yule
The Winter Solstice is the shortest day
and the longest night of the year.
It usually occurs between the 19 to the 23 of December.
Traditionally this is considered the death
of the old sun and the birth of the new.


"The Sun in Winter"
© 2006 Photographer: Eva Snyder

"Winter Evening"
by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914)
[the best English translation I could find]

"When snow falls against the window,
Long sounds the evening bell
For so many has the table
Been prepared, the house set in order.

From their wandering, many
Come on dark paths to this gateway.
The tree of grace is flowering in gold
Out of the cool sap of the earth.

In stillness, wanderer, step in:
Grief has worn the threshold into stone.
But see: in pure light, glowing
There on the table: bread and wine."


Ein Winterabend
[the original, courtesy of my dad]


Wenn der Schnee ans Fenster fällt,
Lang die Abendglocke läutet,
Vielen ist der Tisch bereitet
Und das Haus ist wohlbestellt.

Mancher auf der Wanderschaft
Kommt ans Tor auf dunklen Pfaden.
Golden blüht der Baum der Gnaden
Aus der Erde kühlem Saft.

Wanderer tritt still herein;
Schmerz versteinerte die Schwelle.
Da erglänzt in reiner Helle
Auf dem Tische Brot und Wein.

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