Sunday, 13 December 2009

Sing Till Sundown

~Eileen Spinelli

Sing till sundown, hum your joy
dress in starlight, girl and boy.
Man and woman climb the hill,
warmed beyond December's chill,
reeling, clapping, touch the air,
is that fragrant music there?
Come the glory, gone the gloom:
in a wondrous huddled room.
Christ the Word we've longed to know
calls us dancing through the snow.

Gladness deepens into grace,
weaves its light on every face.
Let us wake the sleeping earth,
celebrate the sweetest birth,
pierce the night with festive cry,
bloom in colours of the sky.
Bring the flute, the tambourine,
wave the branch of evergreen.
Lost we were a grief ago,
now we're dancing through the snow.



  1. Nice descriptive poem you found.
    I think it should be put to music!
    Actually I just sang it in my head to 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing'.
    I wonder what other tunes would work.

  2. I think it has been used as a hymn in some churches, though I've never heard it sung.

  3. Found you looking for this poem, I'm reading a children 's book titled "Dancing Through the Snow" by Jean Little, it is wonderful. This poem is at the start of the book, characters sing it at church on Christmas. It does work nicely with Hark the Hearld Angels Sing!

  4. United Church Hmnal Voices United # 78 We just sang it this morning the tune in the book sounds like another song that I can't place which is why I'm here


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