Winter Vale C.M.
By Aldo Thomas Ceresa
- A minor
- Plain tune
- Time signature
- Anne Steele, 1760
Written in the midst of some particularly bad winter weather in February, 2014, and partly inspired by a suggestion from Ann Sleeva of Chicago. Title taken from the theme of the text.
Stern winter throws his icy chains,
Encircling nature round;
How bleak, how comfortless the plains,
Of late with verdure crown'd.
The sun withdraws his vital beams,
And light and warmth depart;
And drooping, lifeless, nature seems
An emblem of my heart.
Return, O blissful sun, and bring
Thy soul-reviving ray;
This doleful winter shall be spring,
This darkness, cheerful day.
Great source of light, thy beams display,
My drooping joys restore;
And guide me to the seats of day,
Where winter frowns no more.