EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
COME-ON, WALK WITH ME IN SNOW.
(2h)#ALL SOUND GONE.
STEP++ QUIET, SLOW, EASY-GOING. WHY?
EVERY PLACE HAVE WHITE L-A-C-E (2h)1-CL'trace lace border'.
ME PUT-ON-SHOES S-I-L-K.
YOU-ctr PUT-ON-SHOES W-O-O-L.
WHITE LIKE COW ITS-rt MILK.
MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN PIDGEON THEREABOUTS@chest.
TWO-OF-US WALK IN SOFT SHOES.
EVERY PLACE WE GO"each",
MEET SILENCE (2h)THIS EARTH. WE WALK IN SNOW WILL.
Notes: COME-ON - (2h)[B^] move in circles pivoting at the wrists to beckon someone to do something.
ME - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
(2h)#ALL - (2h)[A], POs ><, FOs up, are held at shoulder height and move away while opening to (2h)[L].
SOUND - Touch ear with index finger then (2h)[S], PO down, FO away, move antisymmetrically from side to side while mouthing "pow". For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - thunder.
STEP++ - (2h)[B], move to emphasize the placing of feet.
PUT-ON-SHOES - Slide [C] over [B], PO down, FO away, as if putting on a shoe, switch dominance and repeat.
PIDGEON - BIRD + [B] outlines the prominent chest. -
SPRINKLE-DOWN - (2h), PO down, FO away, hands descend with wg.
(2h)THIS - (2h)[1^], POs down, FOs away, hands descend 1x or 2x.
Let us walk in the white snow
In a soundless space;
With footsteps quiet and slow,
At a tranquil pace,
Under veils of white lace.
I shall go shod in silk,
And you in wool,
White as a white cow's milk
Than the breast of a gull.
We shall walk through the still town
In a windless peace;
We shall step upon white down,
Upon silver fleece,
Upon softer than these.
We shall walk in velvet shoes:
Wherever we go
Silence will fall like dew
On white silence below.
We shall walk on the snow.
To hear the music (without words), go to Choral practice files and click on "Velvet Shoes (Soprano emphasized)" below "MIDI files from the Albany Community Chorus fall '02 session."