I have found it difficult to write anything for several days; my heart feels like it’s got a hand tightly clenched around it. So, instead, here are some beautiful songs and links on sadness, loss, and “the touch of tears in mortal things”.
Many of these are Christian in origin and explicitly religious in tone, but I find them strangely beautiful and apt for this season in spite of one’s specific religious beliefs or the lack of them. Most of these are courtesy my general trawling around the net. I’m specially thankful to two magnificent blogs – Corymbus and A Clerk of Oxford – for most of these treasures. May they both keep writing for a long, long time to come.
- This beautiful interpretation of a prayer (Psalm 86) by Gustav Holst.
- This Christmas carol by Christina Rossetti, one of the best Victorian poets that few have heard of (‘In the Bleak Midwinter’)
- Another lovely medieval carol, performed by the Cambridge Singers.
- Almost anything by Enya or Anúna, though this is particularly apt.
- Finally, perhaps the saddest poem in the world. “In sorrow endeth every love but thine, in the end”, indeed.