Feb 1, 2015

The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

Ever since I first read these books as a child (or teenager? Don't remember!), these lines have been engrained in my memory:
"When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the Circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five shall return, and one go alone. 
Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood from the burning, stone out of song;
Fire on the candle ring, water from the thaw;
Six Signs the circle and the grail gone before. 
Fire from the mountains shall find the harp of gold
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree."