A (dismal) Advent carol

Here’s a gift to all of us from a 7WD reader. This gem goes with the tune you think it does. Thanks, Mary!

Have Yourself a Dismal Little Advent
(An Advent Carol?)

Have yourself a dismal little Advent,
Filled with guilt and gloom.
You’ve got these four weeks to contemplate your doom.

Turn down all those party invitations;
Mustn’t celebrate;
You should stay home fasting, and self-flagellate.

Shun the lure of the shopping mall,
Where they’ve decked the hall since May.
Just recall it’s the eschaton
You must focus on today.

It’s no time for singing Christmas carols;
That we can’t allow!
Chant Psalm 51, if you remember how–
And have yourself a dismal little Advent now!

Mary W. Cox
December 17, 1992

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5 Responses

  1. Dan Martins says:

    Love it! I nominate it for inclusion in the next hymnal!

  2. Barbara Duffield says:

    This officially made my day; Mary Cox is one of my favorite ladies in the world. Loved this! Thanks for posting it.

  3. Ann says:

    Stealing it for my essay.

  4. Solange says:

    Great work, Mary. And here I thought the Catholics had cornered the market on guilt.

  5. Laura says:

    I’m also stealing this. I mean sharing this.

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