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Beltane lyrics – Jethro Tull

Have you ever stood in the April wood and called the new year in?
While the phantoms of three thousand years fly as the dead leaves spin?
There’s a snap in the grass behind your feet and a tap upon your shoulder.
And the thin wind crawls along your neck it’s just the old gods getting older.
And the kestral drops like a fall of shot and the red cloud hanging high
come a Beltane.
Have you ever loved a lover of the old elastic truth?
And doted on the daughter in the ministry of youth?
Thrust your head between the breasts of the fertile innocent.
And taken up the cause of love, for the sake of argument.
Or while the kisses drop like a fall of shot from soft lips in the rain
come a Beltane.
Happy old new year to you and yours.
The sun’s up for one more day, to be sure.
Play it out gladly, for your card’s marked again.
Have you walked around your parks and towns so knife-edged orderly?
While the fires are burned on the hills upturned in far-off wild country.
And felt the chill on your window-sill as the green man comes around.
With his walking cane of sweet hazel brings it crashing down.
Sends your knuckles white as the thin stick bites. Well, it’s just your groaning pains.
Come a Beltane. Come a Beltane.
Come a Beltane. Come a Beltane.
Come a Beltane. Come a Beltane.
Come a Beltane. Come a Beltane.
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Farls (Oat Cakes)

3 cups real mashed potatoes
2 cups dry oats
2 Tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pinch pepper
Pinch rosemary

Soak oats in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes until soft and slightly swollen. Mix them with other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Knead until mixture is like a thick dough. If it seems too thin or moist, add a teaspoon or two of flour. When thoroughly mixed, form small sections into small patties. Fry in hot vegetable oil in a small skillet until lightly browned. Serve immediately.

Woodruff Wine (For Beltane)

  • 10 cups Woodruff blossoms
  • 1/2 gallon water
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp. wine yeast
  • 2 1/2 pounds of sugar
  • 1 used tea bag

Rinse your blossoms in cool water, but do not allow them to soak.  Make sure all the green is removed and only the blossoms remain to put in your kettle.  Next, in a separate container heat 1/2 gallons of water, and pour it over the blossoms.  Let mixture steep until cool.  Drain these petals off, squeezing as much liquid out as possible, and discard the flowers.

Take the remaining liquid and add 1/2 the sugar, lemon juice, tea bag and yeast.  Cover with a clean dish towel and let the mixture ferment at room temperature, adding 1 cup of sugar every 3 days until used up.  After 2 weeks, pour off into a gallon jugs corked with cheese cloth ball.  This should sit for 30 days, then may be put in freshly scrubbed bottles, corked and labeled.  Serve after 1 week, keeps for about 1 year.

Blooming of the Lady

Tis the blooming of the Lady

and all her lovely charms

Yonder comes the Lord now

to dance within her arms

Then the Two shall join

and do the dance of life

And the Earth shall be reborn again

Tis the blooming of the Lady

such a lovely thing

Spring is in the air

it makes you want to sing

Now she bids us all

to join the dance of life

And the Earth shall be reborn again

Do the dance of life with us together

Sing a song of very merry weather

Do the dance of life with us together

And the Earth shall be reborn again

Tis the blooming of the Lady

everybody come

Join us in the circle

the dancing has begun

Here we join together

and do the dance of life

And the Earth shall be reborn again

Do the dance of life with us together

Sing a song of very merry weather

Do the dance of life with us together

And the Earth shall be reborn again

From “A Bard’s Book of Pagan Songs” by Hugin the Bard