Saturnalia 2009

At the bottom of the year
we are soaked with accumulated fear

The Sun dwindles away
And night comes to stay

Then Saturnalia arrives
and the social world thrives

Yes, it’s true, Venice is now quite a fright
But a new year is being born this very night

The Sun – Sol Invictus – is alive again
in our happy land where love is not a sin

Look! A year of kindness and peace in faraway lands
And all over our fair city, to the poor a helping hand.

Citizens of Venice, friends,
enjoy this year, twenty-ten.


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