EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. PEOPLE COLD*, LIFE SAME.
WE TREMBLE DURING DARK, TONIGHT COLD WITHOUT END.
UNDER SNOW MOUND CAN FIND ROSE FROZEN.
FLOWER PARALLEL SUNRISE BRING-us HOPE.
HOPE ITS-ctr FIRE OUR ONLY HEAT.
EXHAUSTED, OUR HOPE DISSOLVE SOON WILL.
2. WE HEAR FAR-AWAY VOICE, CALL-ON+ DURING NIGHT.
WIND EMBRACE US. YOU-ctr TELL-STORY ABOUT LIGHT.
SOFT YOU-ctr TELL-STORY, SOFT.
PREDICT HOPE COME IDEA~LIKE SUNRISE.
OUR SOUL DARK, WE HOLD BREATH LOOK-FORWARD L-O-V-E.
SOON WE WILL KNOW MORNING ARRIVE.
3. SPIRIT YOU-ctr,hi CIRCULATE, SHINE-DOWN LIKE STAR.
YOUR LIGHT GUIDE SHEPHERD AND KING FAR-AWAY-rt.
SKY NOW EMPTY, ONLY YOU-ctr GLOW. STAR RISE+,
SON MAKE WARM WITH L-O-V-E.
STAR NEW*, VERY-FIRST TIME SEE.
SPIRIT WE WAIT FOR YOUR-ctr LOVING SON.
Notes: TREMBLE - (2h)[1^], POs down, FOs away, hands vibrate from side to side symmetrically to show legs shaking.
MOUND -  outlines a mound.
PARALLEL - (2h), POs down, FOs away, move forward. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Parallel.
HEAT - [5:] scratchs FT up chin 2x.
EXHAUSTED - TIRED + [V], PO up, FO > NDS, is drawn with effort across the palm of [B], PO up, FO away.
FAR-AWAY - , twists while moving away with tongue shuttling from side to side. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Far.
CALL-ON - DH [B] taps NDH [B], PO down, FO away from signer, then moves > signer while closing to an [A], PO away from signer, FO up, and moving up. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - call.
EMBRACE - Mime hugging.
YOU - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
LIGHT - Same sign as BRIGHT and CLEAR, that is, (2h)[O^], POs away, FOs up, open to (2h), while separating. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Light - 1.
IDEA~LIKE - a blending where IDEA has a [Y] instead of an [I] in anticipation of LIKE which is signed smoothly right afterwards.
HOLD - [S], is held at eye level and circles horizontally as if holding something.
CIRCULATE - (2h), NDH FO up, DH FO down, circles around it each other horizontally.
SHINE-DOWN - [O^] is held high PO > signer; hands open to [5^] while moving > signer.
SKY - using the FT of the upturned palm, point > sky and sweep the hand > DS. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - sky.
GLOW - [5^], PO away, FO up, opens and closes as if glowing.
RISE+ - F-CL, PO > NDS, FO up, rises, then rises some more.
VERY-FIRST - , PO down, FO away, supinates like the sign FIRST, but strikes the thumb of NDH [A dot], PO > DS, FO away. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: First.
LOVING - LOVE+.
1. Cold are the people, winter of life.
We tremble in shadows this cold endless night.
Frozen in snow lie roses sleeping,
Flowers that will echo the sunrise.
Fire of hope is our only warmth.
Weary, its flame will be dying soon.
2. Voice in the distance, call in the night.
On wind you enfold us. You speak of the light.
Gentle on the ear you whisper softly,
Rumors of a dawn so embracing.
Breathless love awaits darkened souls.
Soon will we know of the morning.
3. Spirit among us, shine like the star.
Your light that guides shepherds and kings from afar.
Shimmer in the sky so empty,
Lonely, rising in the warmth of your Son's love:
Star unknowing of night and day.
Spirit we wait for your loving Son.