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The Frostbound Wood

Language: English

Mary that was the Child's mother
Met me in the frostbound wood:
Her face was lovely and careladen
Under her white hood.
She who once was Heaven's chosen
Moved in loneliness to me,
With a slow grace and weary beauty
Pitiful to see.
Bethlehem could hear sweet singing,
"Peace on earth, a Savior's come."
Here the trees were drank, the Heavens
Without stars, and dumb.
Past she went with no word spoken,
Past the grave of Him I slew,
Myself the sower of the woodland
And my heart the yew.1

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1 A yew symbolizes both death and immortality, being poisonous as well as long-lived.

Submitted by Adam Russell


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2007-07-08 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:25

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Word count: 90

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