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Elsa Carlsson


Now midwinter’s twilight covers the earth
the sun is hiding in the shaded valleys
and little trolls tiptoe down dark crannies
but children dream of Christmas lights.

Then Lucia walks in the gloom of the winter night
with lights shimmering over her forehead
she sits at sleeping children’s bedsides
and children's dreams come true.

For centuries she has moved in Advent’s wake
to solace the tired human spirit
with her promise of Christmas to come
and light over dark lands.

From farm to farm she sends her word
that at Christmas with the doors ajar
in the night air strange sounds will be heard:
He comes, your king, as you wait.

This poem was first published in 1922 and is presumed to be in the public domain. Lucia was published in a 1953 anthology, 
Svensk dikt året om, edited by Olof Fahlén and Birger Lindell, published by Natur och Kultur: Stockholm. It has also been
published as a song by Abraham Lundquist AB, Stockholm.

English translation by Julie Hampton.



Elsa Carlsson (1882 - 1965) was a journalist. We have been unable to learn any further details about her. If you have additional biographical information, please contact us.

Julie Hampton runs a poetry blog called From Troubles of the World , where she is trying to find out how long she can keep posting poems without repeating a poet. Julie lives in Perth in Western Australia.




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Lucy, Lucia, same person. Interesting poem.
Posted 12/15/2015 02:10 PM
For Catholics this is the Feast Day of Saint Lucy, Saint for Eyes.
Posted 12/13/2015 11:26 PM
Beautiful, thank you ~
Posted 12/13/2015 01:41 PM
Yes, coming in the wake of Advent . . .
Posted 12/13/2015 09:27 AM

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