A winter verse

Michael Hedley Burton translated Rudolf Steiner’s collection of 52 verses, The Calendar of the Soul, into English for children and “the Child in each and every one of us.”

I would like to share the verse written for the third January week in the Northern Hemisphere. It is such a timely meditation for me.

When winter wraps a mantle dark and drear

     Around the world beyond my own warm hearth,

Then am I called to rise and conquer fear

     And bravely meet this darkness in my path.


My light each day in brightness is increasing.

     Its glow of warmth reveals the stir of life.

The light-stream of my heart is never-ceasing.

     And so I’m strong, come grief or pain or strife. 

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