Saturday, December 25, 2010

Best Wishes


Not my home, I'm sorry to say,
But a house I visit frequently.
It typifies, in a certain way
What's special about our geography.
I send this to you on Christmas Day
And the very best wishes come from me.

Brolgas dancing.

by John Wheeler.

This is a very popular Australian Christmas carol with a lovely melody.
'Orana' is 'Welcome' in one of the Aboriginal languages.

Out on the plains the brolgas are dancing,
Lifting their feet like war horses prancing,
Up to the sun the woodlarks go winging,
Faint in the dawn light echoes their singing,
Orana! Orana!Orana! To Christmas Day.

Down where the tree-ferns grow by the river,
There where the waters sparkle and quiver,
Deep in the gullies Bell-birds are chiming,
Softly and sweetly their lyric notes rhyming
Orana! Orana!Orana! To Christmas Day.

Friar-birds sip the nectar of flowers,
Currawongs chant in wattle-tree bowers,
In the blue ranges Lorikeets calling,
Carols of bushlands rising and falling,
Orana! Orana!Orana! To Christmas Day.

1 comment:

Jo said...

A Merry Christmas to you too, Brenda. Greetings from Jo, South Africa