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Origins: seeking the author of The Celtic Gods

GUEST,markbutler 24 Nov 15 - 09:04 PM
GUEST 24 Nov 15 - 09:21 PM
GUEST,Maeve 24 Nov 15 - 09:24 PM
GUEST,Maeve 24 Nov 15 - 09:38 PM
GUEST 24 Nov 15 - 09:52 PM
GUEST 26 Nov 15 - 05:19 PM
maeve 26 Nov 15 - 05:25 PM
Jack Campin 26 Nov 15 - 05:28 PM
Paul Burke 26 Nov 15 - 07:34 PM
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Subject: Origins: seeking the author of The Celtic Gods
From: GUEST,markbutler
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 09:04 PM

Hello, folks! I am a newbie here and am hoping someone may be able to help me in my search for the name of the author of a poem called The Celtic Gods, the words are below. I want to incorporate them into a song, but don't want to cross any Intellectual Property without a correct tip o'the cap. I believe Tommy Makem recited it, but don't think he wrote it. I do look forward to hearing from someone, hopefully, and greatly appreciate any help you can give me.

Cheers,
Mark

The Celtic Gods

The Celtic Gods of sun and water
Set a river flowing of music
And poetry and wisdom past all knowing
The bards and druids drank their fill
The brigand sons and daughters
The Fee lie too, refreshed their souls
From these sweet misty waters

Then time grew old and times grew dark
The river seemed forsaken
A chosen few would now partake
Where many had partaken

And then other races found
Our forbear's wisdom well worth the learning
Our ancient songs and poetry
Touched hearts forever yearning

And now aeons past, on distant shores
Far from the holey mountain
The sons of sons refound the source
And built a flowing fountain
Of music and poetry and wisdom
From these sweet mystic waters
To sooth the parched and the weary souls
Of all our sons and daughters


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Subject: RE: Origins: seeking the author of The Celtic Gods
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 09:21 PM

For a start, here is the poem in
rish in Wisconsin By David G. Holmes


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Subject: RE: Origins: seeking the author of The Celtic Gods
From: GUEST,Maeve
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 09:24 PM

Trying again:
For a start, here is the poem in Tommy Makem's introduction to
Irish in Wisconsin By David G. Holmes


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Subject: RE: Origins: seeking the author of The Celtic Gods
From: GUEST,Maeve
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 09:38 PM

And here is Tommy himself (sound sample, cd for sale) reciting "Life Waters" to music on a compilation of such: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tommymakem3 The download of the whole cd is just $10, and I'd expect the credits to tell who owns the poem.


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Subject: RE: Origins: seeking the author of The Celtic Gods
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 09:52 PM

The book title is "Irish in Wisconsin", and the poem is "Life Waters". Working in the dark her, making little mistakes at every turn!


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Subject: RE: Origins: seeking the author of The Celtic Gods
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Nov 15 - 05:19 PM

Wow, great information. Thank you so much for your efforts in helping me. This is wonderful.

Cheers, Mark.


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Subject: RE: Origins: seeking the author of The Celtic Gods
From: maeve
Date: 26 Nov 15 - 05:25 PM

You're most welcome- posting mistakes in the dark and all!
Maeve


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Subject: RE: Origins: seeking the author of The Celtic Gods
From: Jack Campin
Date: 26 Nov 15 - 05:28 PM

Far from the holey mountain

There is a Big Polo Mint Mountain as well as a Big Rock Candy Mountain?

That's one of the worst pieces of ignorant, pretentious doggerel I've ever read.


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Subject: RE: Origins: seeking the author of The Celtic Gods
From: Paul Burke
Date: 26 Nov 15 - 07:34 PM

Don't you know about Seltic culure, Jack?


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