Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Death Song

Another item repaganized from Carmina Gadelica, the famous collection of Scots Gaelic poems, charms and prayers. A blessing on all those who have passed, especially in this last year.
You go home this night to your home of winter,
To your home of fall, of spring, of summer,
You go home this night to the Turning House,
To your pleasant rest in the House of Joy.
Rest you, rest, and away with sorrow,
Rest this night in the Mother’s breast,
Rest you, rest, and away with sorrow,
Rest, O beloved, with the Mother’s kiss;
In the Many-colored Land,
In the Land of the Dead,
In the Plain of Joy,
In the Land Beneath the Wave,
In the Land of Youth,
In the Land of the Living,
In the Revolving Castle, the House of Donn.
Rest in seven lights, beloved,
Rest in seven joys, beloved,
Rest in seven sleeps, beloved,
In the Grove of the Cauldron, Morrigan’s Shrine.
The shade of death is on your face, beloved,
But the Cauldron of Rebirth awaits you,
The Threefold turning of your fate
When your rest has given you your peace
So rest in the calm of all calms
Rest in the wisdom of all wisdoms
Rest in the love of all loves
Rest in the Lord of Life and Death
Rest in the Lady of Life and Death
‘Til the Season of Turning
‘Til the Time of the Returning
‘Til the Mystery of the Cauldron

2 comments:

Gwynt-Siarad said...

thank you for posting this.

Aisling Kelledia said...

How beautiful and rich this is; I had no idea there was a re-Paganized version, and I like it so much better! Thank you!