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(Date Posted:02/19/2009 01:09 AM)
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This is the Tread that holds Poems, stroys and songs of Beltaine.
 
Enjoy the Bard's Corner

Then I shall go as a Winter trout
With sorrow sighing and mickle doubt
And I shall go in our Lady's name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:

But we shall follow as otter's swift
And snare thee faster thou can'st shift
And we shall go in our Master's name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:

Aye, and I'll come home again.


A General Beltane Blessing Chant
 
Oak and May,
On This Day,
Will both Heed
Those in Need.
Goddess Bright,
God of Sun,
Bless your Children
'Till our days are done.

Bulb Planting Earth Chant
by Eileen

For all those spring planted bulbs like lilies, oxalis, glads, begonias and such:

breath of the stone is strange to me
i know it lives as i can't see
force of the earth is strong and free
sustenance and beauty be
born of the stars and sprang from the ground
Mother, Goddess all around
Wheel must turn as the seasons show
what lies dead shall surely grow


May Day Chant 1

Here we come a' piping,
In Springtime and in May;
Green fruit a' ripening,
And Winter fled away.
The Queen she sits upon the strand,
Fair as lily, white as wand;
Seven billows on the sea,
Horses riding fast and free,
And bells beyond the sand.
Doreen Valiente; "Witchcraft for Tomorrow"; Phoenix Publishing 1985

May Day Chant 2

The High Priestess and High Priest lead a ring dance around the bonfire. Start out with "A Tree Song" from Rudyard Kipling's "Weland's Sword" story in "Puck of Pook's Hill".
"Oh, do not tell the Priest of our Art,
Or he would call it sin;
But we shall be out in the woods all night,
A conjuring summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth
For women, cattle and corn
Now is the dun come up from the South
With Oak, and Ash and Thorn!"
Janet and Stewart Farrar; "Eight Sabbats For Witches"; Robert Hale 1983
Stag Call Chant
The men gather around the fire, next to their partners, and they say in unison:
"I am the stag of seven tines;
I am a wide flood on the plain;
I am a wind on the deep waters;
I am a shining tear of the sun;
I am a hawk on a cliff;
I am fair among flowers;
I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke."
Graves, Robert; "The White Goddess"; Farrar 1970



Maypole Dance Chant

Ann O'Brien 1995
Source: http://www.earthspirit.com/mtongue/chtlib/chtlifr.html

Weave, spin, dance your cares away,
A spirit fire's alive to your entrancing,
Weave, spin, dance into the May,
The earth and sky are wed as you are dancing,
Weave now


Beltane Poem

Written by Lady Lissar, jskolnik@cap.gwu.edu

green
spilt out into the meadows
running into every being
filling us up with spirit
tumbling
the pulsing red life of the earth
in the smoke of the firecircle
i saw my demons scatter to the skies
dissolving into the midnight air
there is nothing but the sun
the moon
in perfect equilibrium
unreal yet grounded
alone in body, full in spirit
love
Dance before the Bonfire (Beltane)
Ashley Ravenwood, finished 3/8/97

Another summer stretches before us,
fertile and heady
The faeries are out to play
dancing along with everything and everyone else
Dance!
Dance before the bonfire
and celebrate the brimming fertility
of another year
Let it spill over
and crackle into the fire
Let us be blessed
and let our fruits ripen and be harvested
(not wither and die
nor rot forgotten)
Let us drink thirstily of the nectar of the gods
and feast hungrily upon food, love, and kindness
Let us also feed our wants and desires today
happily and carefree
Let us celebrate the miracle that is existence
and marvel at the wonder that is life:
remembering that the smallest acorn
can become the tallest tree
Let us dance
Dance!
Dance before the bonfire
Dance around the maypole
Dance together, laughing
Dance through life and death and life again
Dance under the budding trees and around the blooming wildflowers, dancing in the wind
Dance as fawns and baby birds and newborn stars all watch, dancing
Dance as the gods smile down upon us, dancing too
Dance before the bonfire!


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RE:Beltaine Bard's Corner
(Date Posted:02/19/2009 01:10 AM)

May Day Carol

Awake, awake, my pretty prithy maid,
Come out of your drowsy dream,
And step into your dairy hold,
And fetch me a bowl of cream
If not a bowl of cream, my dear,
A cup of meade to cheer,
For the Lord and Lady know we shall meet again,
To go Maying another year.
A branch of May I brought you here,
While at your keep I stand,
'Tis but a sprout all budded out,
By the power of our Lady's hand.
My song is done and I must be gone,
No longer may I stay,
Gods bless you all, the great and small,
And send you a joyous May.

May-Time
 
Time of May, season of loveliness,
full-throated blackbirds welcome the sun's new beams.
 
The cuckoo sounds a welcome to the summer.
It soothes the memory of the bitter weather
while the bare branches become a thorny hedge.
 
Summer dries up the little streams, the cattle
seek out water, the heather spreads its long hair,
and the white grass blooms.
 
The sea is smooth, the ocean is asleep,
the world is covered in flowers.
 
Bees carry heavy pollen on their feet,
cattle go up the mountain,
the ant finds a rich feast.
 
The harp of the forest sounds its music
its notes bring peace.
Colours have descended on the hills
and a mist over the lake.
 
The corncrake squawks, a tireless poet,
the rushing waterfall greets the warm pool with song
and rushes whisper.
 
Delicate swallows flit through the air,
music is on the hillside,
the fruit is all in bud.
 
Lovely is the season, full of fresh delight,
winter's chill wind is gone,
the woods are bursting with new life,
joy and tranquillity are come at last.
 
~from 'The Celtic Book of Seasonal Miditations' by Claire Hamilton.  pgs. 135-136

MAY EVE

Walpurgis Night, the time is right,
The ancient powers awake.
So dance and sing, around the ring,
And Beltane magic make.

Walpurgis Night, Walpurgis Night,
 Upon the eve of May,
We'll merry meet, and summer greet,
For ever and a day.

New life we see, in flower and tree,
And summer comes again.
Be free and fair, like earth and air,
The sunshine and the rain.

Walpurgis Night, Walpurgis Night,
Upon the eve of May,
We'll merry meet, and summer greet,
For ever and a day.

As magic fire be our desire
To tread the pagan way,
And our true will find and fulfil,
As dawns a brighter day.

Walpurgis Night, Walpurgis Night,
Upon the eve of May,
We'll merry meet, and summer greet,
For ever and a day..

The pagan powers this night be ours,
Let all the world be free,
And sorrows cast into the past,
And future blessed be!

Walpurgis Night, Walpurgis Night,
Upon the eve of May,
We'll merry meet, and summer greet,
For ever and a day.

By Doreen Valiente
from: "Witchcraft For Tomorrow", pp. 192-193



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RE:Beltaine Bard's Corner
(Date Posted:02/19/2009 01:11 AM)

Beltaine Poem

 

Welcome joyous Beltaine!

The May Queen dances in,

and the beautiful May flowers,

in the Lady's hair are pin'd.

 

Welcome glorious May Day!

which oft is called Beltaine,

For the strong and virile Horned God,

is a waiting in the grain.

 

Welcome celebration!

The wedding feast is set,

for the bright and shining Lady,

and her handsome Lord, here met!

 

Welcome joyous Beltaine!

Let all the world delight,

for the Lord and Lady's union,

is the greatest of the rites!

 

Welcome glorious May Day!

Merry Meet and Merry Part,

until once again the cycle,

brings us to each others heart!

 

 by Kirsten Houseknecht


Beltane Fire
 
If we had an ancient wood to play in
far away from obligations
and city-mall temptations

if I were draped in soft green,
if I swayed like a tender willow,
if I flirted from shadow to shadow

would you follow clad in hunter's green?
Would you follow as a leaping hound?
Would you follow lightly as a hummingbird?

If I saunter by you in summer rose and velvet
trailing alluring flowers
will you serenade me, Apollo in the glade?

We could tag and twist across a maze of branches
plump and playful squirrels
twirl around each other, ever-falling leaves.

I would be a white doe skimming through enchanted woods
you would be the great white hound always belling after me
then I would turn and I would be

white as bone and sleek as weasel
fast as winter
after you

I'd pounce and pin you
to the breast
of ancient and relentless Gaia

your breast bare and open to me
I would lay tiny perfect teeth
softly

against the tender skin of your beating heart
and hold.
And after a thousand years

you'll know I love you.
 
by Anitra Freeman

CHANT OF THE NINE SACRED WOODS
 

"The Nine I sing, the Nine blessed trees
Which were empowered of old:

Oak, thou druid's door, open the way for us.

Apple, thou knowledge-giver, break our circle of blindness.

Ash, thou world-supporter, drive away ill powers.

Birch, thou tree-mother, help in our healing.

Hawthorn, thou branch of May, give us light and hope.

Willow, thou soul-leader, grant us safe passage.

Holly, thou forest king, be our safe refuge.

Hazel, thou wise-one's branch, give us true vision.

Alder, thou river's love, let us flow outward.

In peace let us flow outward;
In power let us flow outward;
In beauty let us flow outward."


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(Date Posted:02/19/2009 01:12 AM)

"The Lusty Month of May"
Music and lyrics by Lerner and Lowe
 
From the movie Camelot in 1967
Starring Vanessa Redgrave (Guinevere) and Richard Harris (Arthur)
 
Guinevere and her ladies were out prancing in the meadow celebrating "May Day" and singing this song:
 
It's May! It's May!
The lusty month of May!

That lovely month when ev'ryone goes  Blissfully astray.

It's here, It's here!  That shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts Merrily appear!

It's May! It's May!
That gorgeous holiday
When ev'ry maiden prays that her lad Will be a cad!

It's mad! It's gay! A libelous display!
Those dreary vows that ev'ryone takes, Ev'ryone breaks.
 
Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes
The lusty month of May!

Whence this fragrance wafting through the air?
What sweet feelings does its scent transmute?
Whence this perfume floating ev'rywhere?
Don't you know it's that dear forbidden fruit!

Tra la la la la! That dear forbidden fruit! Tra la la la la!

Tra la! It's May! The lusty month of May!
That darling month when ev'ryone throws Self-control away.
It's time to do A wretched thing or two,
And try to make each precious day One you'll always rue!
It's May! It's May! The month of 'yes you may,'
The time for ev'ry frivolous whim, Proper or 'im.'

It's wild! It's gay! Depraved in every way
The birds and bees with all of their vast Amorous past,
 
Gaze at the human race aghast,
The lusty month of May.

CHORUS:

Tra la! It's May! The lusty month of May!
That lovely month when ev'ryone goes Blissfully astray.

Tra la! It's here! That shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts Merrily appear.

It's May! It's May! The month of great dismay.
When all the world is brimming with fun, Wholesome or 'un.'

It's mad! It's gay! A libelous display!
Those dreary vows that ev'ryone takes,Ev'ryone breaks.
 
Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes
The lusty month of May!

Hymn to Guinevere

To see her lithe, young body flesh muscled to the morning,
Racing through the apricots wet after the storming,
Aroused me from my slumber, to find I was ensnared
By the rippling of the sunlight on her naked skin and hair.

 

Oh let the petals rain on us from the orchards of the sky,
If the stars adore you, do you need to ask them why?
Let's sight upon the clover as we sip the violet's dew.
You are the soul of music, Olympian and true.

 

As if you were from Avalon your laughter creates life;
I'll praise you with my clarinet while you will play the fife
With mellifluent melodies luxuriantly long
Pealing through the orchards where the bees and thrushes throng.

 

In highlands of delirium, where love is all there is,
You and I are free to swim in lunar pools of bliss.
The moonlight gleaming on your lips is beauty's revelation,
So come as I conjure you in love's sweet exhalation!

 

Oh, tell me we will journey to the isles of happiness
Where the birds of paradise will sing your blessedness,
Even now I think I hear those dryads in the throes
Of love's most high abandon, and you in all the groves.

written by: 
Lady Kate WyneRavynne


THE BELTANE BLESSING 

Bless, O Threefold Goddess,

Myself, my Coven, and my family,
My pets, my plants, and all children of the Great Mother.

On the fragrant plain, on the gay mountain sheiling,
On the fragrant plain, on the gay mountain sheiling.

Everything within my dwelling or in my possession,
From Beltane Eve to Samhain Eve,

From Samhain Eve to Beltane Eve,
With goodly progress and gentle blessing,

From sea to sea, and every river mouth,
From wave to wave, and base of waterfall.

Be thy Three Faces taking possession of all to me belonging,
Be the Watchtowers four protecting me in truth;

Oh! satisfy my spirit with the warmth of Belinos,
And shield my loved ones between the Beltane fires,

Shield my loved ones between the Beltane fires.
Bless everything and every one,

Of this little household by my side;
Place the pentagram of the Lady upon us

Till we see the Land of Promise.
Till we see the Land of Promise.

What time the kine shall forsake the stalls,
What time the sheep shall forsake the folds,

What time the goats shall ascend the mount of mist,
May the tending of the Triad follow them,

May the tending of the Triad follow them.
Thou being who didst give me birth,

Listen and attend to me as I bow my head,
Evening and morning as is becoming in me,

In thine own Circle, O Goddess of Love.
In thine own Circle, O Goddess of Love. 




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RE:Beltaine Bard's Corner
(Date Posted:02/19/2009 01:13 AM)

Beltane


Blessed May Eve is right before our eyes
Lift your glass of mead, that sacred honey wine


To give honor to the union
That will revive the land.
The Lord takes his Lady
They walk hand in hand

The Lilac is blooming
Its sweet smell in the air
We join in the maypole
With maidens so fair

The red and white ribbons
The fertility within us
The sexual energy
Enhances our goals for us

Charge and enjoy the Fest at hand
But don't be pixie led
Fuzzy thoughts in the head
The Goals are impregnated

With help from within
To empower your wishes
Give them strength to begin
As they grow and expound
We begin to see
The magick of Unions
And their energy

The Lord of the Shades
And the Lady Divine
Rejoice with the Golden Moments
All of yours and all mine.


Raise The Maypole
 

We raise the Maypole high into the air,
With ribbons draping like a maiden's hair.
 
Drums, flutes and pipes now begin to play,
Our festival has started and will last all day.
 
Lass and Lad soon begin the sacred dance,
Around the Maypole with a small shy glance.
 
Love is in the air you can feel it all around,
As the ribbons are woven the Maypole is bound.
 
As evening fast approaches we light the bonfire,
And couples gaze at each other with love and desire.
 
The Lord and Lady are here to bless us on this night,
As couples join together in love under the moonlight.
 
With happiness deep in our hearts we do sing,
As we rejoice the love the Lord and Lady do bring.
 
by: MoonRose Nightingale


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