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Rousing May

Who doesn’t like a rousing song about May Day? 

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!

The words are from Rudyard Kipling’s A Tree Song.  The music was originally released by Peter Bellamy on his album Oak, Ash and Thorn in 1970.  Beltane smooches to Folkcatalogue, who very kindly sent me a copy of it, so now you can now hear the original, in all its spine-tingling wonder:

And, in honor of the day, I offer up my own stanzas to the May Queen:

In wood and field, to bless the yield
Let each make a coat of green.
Come Witch and Fae, bring in the May
And toast it’s darling Queen.

We dance and sing, the May to bring.
We lift the drinking horn.
 Come sun and rain, and kiss the grain.
 Bless women, cattle and corn.

A blessed Beltane to you all.

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