'XV Kalendas Ianuarius Eponae'
(Fifteen days [before] the beginning of January - Epona's Day)
- a stone inscription from northern Italy -
on the ivy leaf
Sunlight falls on the holly bough
The red fire stirs in the kindling
We count three days to the longest night
Three more till the glimmer of a longer day
Then seven to the eve of New Year Calends
These days we count from the feast of Epona
First festival of the year's turning.