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Thread #5475   Message #31611
Posted By: harpgirl
29-Jun-98 - 08:24 AM
Thread Name: Tree songs? esp. Celtic?
Subject: Lyr Add: OAK, ASH, AND THORN^^^
I like OAK AND ASH AND THORN, as well

Of all the trees that grow so fair old England to adorn,
Greater are none beneath the sun than oak and ash and thorn.

Oak of the clay lived many a day o'er ever Aeneas began.
Ash of the loam was a lady at home and brut was an outlaw man
And thorn of the down saw new Troy town from which was London born.
Witness hereby the ancient try of oak and ash and thorn.

Yew that is old in churchyard mould, he breedeth a mighty bow.
Alder for shoes do wise men choose and beech for cups also;
But when you have killed and your bowl it is filled and your shoes are clean outworn,
Back you must speed for all that you need to oak and ash and thorn.

Elm she hates mankind and waits till every gust be laid,
To drop a limb on the head of him that anyway trusts her shade;
But whether a lad be sober or sad or mellow with ale from the horn,
He'll take no wrong when he lyeth along 'neath oak and ash and thorn.

Oh, do not tell the priest our plight or he would call it a sin;
But we've been out in the woods all night a-conjuring summer in;
And we bring you good news by word of mouth, good news for cattle and corn.
Now is the sun comes up from the south by oak and ash and thorn.

From John Roberts and Tony Barrand "Dark Ships in the Forest" Folk Legacy 1977