Oak and Ash and Thorn

Frances put the steps for Eno Sagrado to this song.

Lyrics and background info here: https://mainlynorfolk.info/peter.bellamy/songs/atreesong.html

Fast or slower.  Which do you prefer?



Peter Bellamy – scratchy audio



A Tree Song

Of all the trees that grow so fair,
Old Engerland to adorn,
Greater are none beneath the Sun,
Than Oak and Ash and Thorn.
Sing Oak and Ash and Thorn, good Sirs
(All of a Midsummer’s morn)!
Surely we sing of no little thing,
In Oak and Ash and Thorn!

Oak of the Clay lived many a day,
Or ever Aeneas began;
Ash of the Loam was a lady at home,
When Brut was an outlaw man;
Thorn of the Down saw New Troy Town
(From which was London born);
Witness hereby the ancientry
Of Oak and Ash and Thorn!

Yew that is old in churchyard mould,
He breedeth a mighty bow;
Alder for shoes do wise men choose,
And beech for cups also.
But when ye have killed, and your bowl is spilled,
Your shoes are clean outworn,
Back ye must speed for all that ye need,
To Oak and Ash and Thorn!

Ellum she hateth mankind, and waiteth
Till every gust be laid,
To drop a limb on the head of him
That anyway trusts her shade:
But whether a lad be sober or sad,
Or mellow with ale from the horn,
He’ll take no wrong when he lieth along
‘Neath Oak and Ash and Thorn!

Oh, do not tell the Priest our plight,
Or he would call it a sin;
But—we have been out in the woods all night,
A-conjuring Summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth—
Good news for cattle and corn—
Now is the Sun come up from the South,
With Oak and Ash and Thorn!

Sing Oak and Ash and Thorn, good Sirs
(All of a Midsummer’s morn)!
England shall bide till Judgement Tide,
By Oak and Ash and Thorn!


Let the Winter Come and Go

daffodilsinsnowLet the winter come and go!
All shall be well again, I know.

Julian of Norwich

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Let us hope that by the time the daffodils come up there will be no more snow in Vancouver. Meanwhile we can dance “the Bells of Norwich” and sing along with the words:

Loud are the bells of Norwich

And the people come and go

Here by the tower of Julian I tell them what I know

Ring out, bells of Norwich and
let the winter come and go

All shall be well again, I know.

Love, like the yellow daffodil Is coming through the snow.

Love, like the yellow daffodil Is lord of all I know

Ring for the yellow daffodil

The flower in the snow

Ring for the yellow daffodil And tell them what I know

All shall be well, I’m telling you

Let the winter come and go  All shall be well again, I know

I’ve collected some links and videos if you’re interested in learning more about this song and the words that inspired it. Enjoy! (click the link to VIEW to see all of these)

There are lots of circle dance opportunities around Vancouver including a day of “Dance Passion” just recently set for March 18 at the Unitarian Centre, 10am -4pm.


Regular Monthly Circle Dance Opportunities

1st Tuesday 7-9pm @ Unitarian Centre – coordinated by Leslie Kemp
February 7 – Imbolc/Brighid’s Day ritual, dances and – bonus! – story by Nan Gregory

2nd Monday 7-9pm @ Unitarian Centre – Corinne Chepil2nd Saturday 6:30-8pm Kitsilano – Mary, Mairy & Bina
January 14 – Lunar New Year, Robbie Burns Day, Brighid’s Day – story by Mary Gavan
February 11 – Valentine’s Day and all things LOVE!

3rd Thursday 11am-1pm @ Unitarian Centre – Mary, Mairy & Darlene
January 19 – Imbolc/Brighid’s Day

Information on above – contact circledancekitsilano@gmail.com

More dance circles around BC at circledancebc.com

Also, I usually attend the last Friday 7-9pm in Ladner. Contact circledanceladner@gmail.com if you’d like details.

Turning to Peace

Leslie read the lyrics last night, so I thought I’d look them up and share with others too:

lyrics: Simon Crow   vocals: Lisbeth Scott
Crouch End Festival Chorus

No more roads
No more seas
No more flight now
Turning to peace

Words will die
Thoughts will cease
Falling silent
Turning to peace

Love may come
Love it may leave
Touch me, let your reasons go

Eyes will close
Hearts will ease
Hands fall helpless
Turning to peace

Don’t run free
Stay with me
Keeps what’s found
And we’ll come into peace

Love may fade
Don’t be afraid
Hold me near and hear me breathe

Don’t look back
Don’t look down
Don’t go looking for release