December 25, 2011 by

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

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Dylan Thomas wrote A Child’s Christmas in Wales in 1954.  It begins:  “One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.  All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find . . .”

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2 Responses to A Child’s Christmas in Wales

  1. Richard McAdam

    I have yet to find a written transcript of A Child’s Christmas in Wales without the following error:

    error (“slink”): “Sleek and long as jaguars and horrible-whiskered, spitting and snarling, they would slink and sidle over the white back-garden walls,

    should read (“slide”): … they would slide and sidle…