— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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December 24, 2011

Wishes






People, look east. The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.

Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim
One more light the bowl shall brim,
Shining beyond the frosty weather,
Bright as sun and moon together.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the star, is on the way.


I wanted to wish all of you a happy holiday and new year, but this is also a chance to say thank you, again, for visiting here and being such a wonderful and important part of my reading life.  My present to myself is the promise that I'll find more time for reading, and if I could, please know I'd wrap the same gift up for you. :)


8 comments:

Lisa May said...

That is one of my favorite Advent carols! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with lots of books :)

Bellezza said...

Audrey, that poem is such a blessing to me as I sit at my computer this Christmas Eve morning. Thanks for sharing it!!

So glad to become blogging friends with you this year, and I wish many blessings on your 2012.

XO

JoAnn said...

Happy Holidays to you, too, Audrey! So glad to have 'met' you this year... wishing you many good books for 2012.

Joan Hunter Dunn said...

Yes 'Love the guest is on it's way' hope it stays all next year too.

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

Wonderful holiday wishes to you as well! The blogger world is just like an extended family, isn't it? :)

A Bookish Space said...

Such cute stars! I hope that you have a lovely Christmas.

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

Merry Christmas, Audrey!

Frances said...

I hope your Christmas was a very merry one! Many thanks for all the wonderful bookish talk this year, and best wishes for a happy new year as well.

Thank you for visiting!

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