LAMMAS – TWO POEMS

Lammas Ritual

 “Blessed be the Harvest,

Blessed be the Corn Mother,

Blessed be the Grain God,

For together they nourish both body and soul.

Many blessings I have been given,

I count them now by this bread.

Guardian of the East, I pray for your indulgence.

Hear me now as I request your aid in the cycle of life.

As your winds blow through fields of ripened grain,

Carry loosened seeds upon your back

That they may fall amidst the soil

That is our Mother Earth.”

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“Once upon a Lammas Night

When corn rigs are bonny,

Beneath the Moon’s unclouded light,

I held awhile to Annie…

The time went by with careless heed

Between the late and early,

With small persuasion she agreed

To see me through the barley…

Corn rigs and barley rigs,

Corn rigs are bonny!

I’ll not forget that happy night

Among the rigs with Annie!”

Robert Burns

 

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