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Lyr Req: Walker of the Snow (Sean Tyrrell)

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Subject: Walker of the snow
From: GUEST,
Date: 02 Feb 02 - 01:30 PM

Sang by Sean Tyrell on Davy Spillane´s CD Shadow Hunter.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walker of the snow
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Feb 02 - 01:39 PM

Posted here in the forum.
Thread #3113   Message #14974
Posted By: Barry
19-Oct-97 - 09:59 PM
Thread Name: halloween songs
Subject: Lyr Add: THE WALKER OF THE SNOW (C D Shanly)^^

Sean Tyrrell a few years back put a tune to one of Charles Dawson Shanly's poem "The Walker Of The Snow" great song/poem

(Poem by Charles Dawson Shanly)

Speed on, speed on good master, the camp lies far away
We must cross the hunted valley before the close of day
How the snow-blight came upon me, I will tell you as we go
The blight of the shadow hunter, who walks the midnight snow

To the cold December evening came the pale moon & the stars
As the yellow sun was sinking behind the purple
The snow was deeply drifted upon the ridges drear
That lay for miles around me & the Camp for which we steer

'T was silent on the hillside & by the solemn wood
No sound of life or motion to break the solitude
Save the wailing of the moose-bird, with a plaintive note & low
And the skating of the red leaf upon the frozen snow

Says I though dark is falling & far the camp must be
Yet my heart it would be lightsome if I had but company
And then I sang & shouted keeping measure as I sped
To the harp-twang of the snow shoe as it sprang beneath my thread

Not far into the valley had I dipped upon my way
When a dusky figure joined me in a capuchin of grey
Bending upon the snow shoes with a long & limber stride
And I hailed the dusky stranger as we traveled side by side

But no token of communion gave me by word or look
And a fear chill fell upon me at the crossing of the brook
For I saw by the sickly moonlight as I followed bending low
That the walking of the stranger left no footmarks on the snow

Then a fear chill gathered o'er me like a shroud around me cast
As I sank into the snow drift where the shadow hunter passed
And the otter trappers found me before the break of day
With my dark hair blanched & whitened as the snow in which I lay

But they spoke not as they raised me for they knew that in the night
I had seen the shadow hunter & had withered in his blight
Sancta Maria speed us the sun is falling low
Before us lies the valley of the walker of the snow

These are Shanly's words, Sean has changed it only slightly, a word here & there. I believe he's recorded this now but don't know where. Some others you might like "Twa Corbies" (I've aways thought of it as a halloween type)," Werewolf" in a thread about a week back, some of the Souling songs, from the mummer's plays, have changed from Christmas to All Saints or Halloween. The children, going door to door representing souls of the of the returning dead, would be given Soul Cakes in turn for the good luck bestowed on them.

A soul a soul a soul cake, please good misses a soul cake

an apple a pear a plum or a cherry any good thing to make us merry

Another would be the "Cheshire Souling Song" somewhat similar to Pace Egging

Here comes one, two, three jolly good hearty lads
And we're all in one mind
For this night we've come a-souling
Good nature to find
For this night we've come a-souling as it doth appear
And it's all that we are souling for is your ale & strong beer

That's from Peter Kennedy collection recorded on Topic's Folk Songs Of Britain, vol #9 Songs Of Ceremony 1961. The souling song may be from the Waterson's can't remember.

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