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Thread #16170 Message #2420656
Posted By: Cats
23-Aug-08 - 10:36 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary
Subject: Juniper, Gentle? & Rosemary
Something has been bothering me for a while and last week at Bideford I spent ages discussing it, so I thought I might ask if anyone can shed any light. In the song the 3 sisters the line is Juniper, Gentle and Rosemary...... mulberry tree. Now we know this is a magical song as one sister seals the door with a silver pin so the knight cannot get out and the second sisters makes his bed and lays cloths beneath his head. So, why Gentle? All the others are herbs with magical properties but what is Gentle? Both Juniper and Rosemary are solar herbs and mulbery is linked with mercury so either what is gentle or is at a corruption, perhaps of gentian? Any ideas?