The Books of My Numberless Dreams

Speaking of which, Merry Christmas!

Posted on: December 22, 2006

For Poetry Friday I searched for a perfect Christmas poem to give but nothing I found quite satisfied. Then I remembered litlove’s post on how she reads the Nativity story as she would any other and that satisfied my dilemma. The rich stories of Christianity is one of things I still love about it. Browsing through my Christmas playlist I spied my favourite, favourite, favourite hymn of all times. Naturally one of the best things about it is the story. For me it is the most magnificent part of the nativity tale. Whenever I listen I imagine the anunciation, my images shaped by Boticelli, and I soak in the wonder, mystery and gravity of the moment. At the last two lines I imagine people in all parts of the world closing their eyes, concentrating on that moment, and I get such a rush.

The Angel Gabriel

Basque Carol

The angel Gabriel from Heaven came,
His wings as drifted snow,
His eyes as flame; `All hail,’ said he,
`Thou lowly maiden Mary,’
Most highly favoured lady, Gloria!

`For known a blessed Mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honour thee,
Thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,’
Most highly favoured lady, Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
`To me be as it pleaseth God,’ she said,
`My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name.’
Most highly favoured lady, Gloria!

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born
In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say:
Most highly favoured lady, Gloria!

Happy Holidays everyone. I’ll still post over the holiday weekend, barring gross food consumption. Don’t give any BB guns as presents, your children will shoot their eyes out!

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