Here is a verse by Susan Cooper from her series the Dark is Rising in both words and a little video to celebrate turn of the great wheel once again as we shift into the light half of the year and honor the return of the sun.
"And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year."
- Susan Cooper
The opening image is the illustration I use to illuminate Aurora, it is a detail of Snow Faerie, created by Greg and featured in the 2009 Calendar titled Divine Nature. The image is available on his site in a set of postcards.