Happy Valentine’s Day from The Yule Log

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Yule Log.  Christmas is, of course, a month-long celebration of love for each other.  The Valentine heart, just as red (or pink) and just as full of love, is represented all over the Christmas tree.

love xmasOn this special day, many lovers–and lovers of love–turn to poetry to express their feelings–writing their own or searching for someone’s words to express their thoughts and feelings.  Victorian poet Christina Rossetti is one whose works are often quoted.  Although biographical sources reveal that Rossetti did not find lasting love and marriage in her own life, her poetry is often copied and shared, like one of my favorites,  “I wish I could remember that first day.”

Era gia l’ora che volge il desio. – Dante
Ricorro al tempo ch’io vi vidi prima. 
– Petrarca

I wish I could remember that first day,
    First hour, first moment of your meeting me,
    If bright or dim the season, it might be
Summer or Winter for aught I can say;
So unrecorded did it slip away,
    So blind was I to see and to foresee,
    So dull to mark the budding of my tree
That would not blossom yet for many a May.
If only I could recollect it, such
    A day of days! I let it come and go
    As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow;
It seemed to mean so little, meant so much;
If only now I could recall that touch,
    First touch of hand in hand – Did one but know!
Rossetti’s Christmas poetry is just as loved and has been set to music?  She wrote the poem “In the Bleak Midwinter,” which often sung at Christmas.  (James Taylor recorded a memorable version.)  Her poem, “Love Came Down at Christmas” has been set to music by many composers.

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine,
Worship we our Jesus,
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

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