The Druid Moon

© 1973, 2001 c.e.
words by Isaac Bonewits & Robert Pennell (50/50)
music Irish trad. ("Rising of the Moon")

"Oh, now tell me Taliesin, tell me why you hurry so?"
"Hush good Druid, hush and listen," and his cheeks were all aglow.
"I bear news from the Archdruid; get you ready quick and soon,
For we all must be together, by the rising of the moon!

By the rising of the moon, by the rising of the moon,
For we all must be together, by the rising of the moon!"

"Oh, then tell me Taliesin, where the gathering is to be?"
"At the oak grove by the river, quite well known to you and me.
"One more word, for signal token, whistle out the Dagda's tune,
"With your sickle on your shoulder, by the rising of the moon!

By the rising of the moon, by the rising of the moon,
With your sickle on your shoulder, by the rising of the moon!"

Yes, in many a magic circle, white robes gathered in the night.
Many a sacred grove was throbbing, with that blessed Druid light.
And the Heathen sang across the land, to the Bansidhe's eerie tune;
And a thousand spells were chanted, by the rising of the moon!

By the rising of the moon, by the rising of the moon,
And a thousand spells were chanted, by the rising of the moon!

Now, throughout that pulsing Pagan night, the Faerie folk all swarmed.
High above the singing Druids soon, a wrathful Goddess formed.
"Confusion to our enemies! Druids carve the final rune --
"Cast all our spells together now -- 'tis the rising of the moon!

'Tis the rising of the moon, 'tis the rising of the moon.
Cast all our spells together now -- 'tis the rising of the moon!"

The Goddess headed for the East, across the sea's bright foam;
And what glorious havoc She did wreak, in London and in Rome!
So the Archdruid, he spoke to us, upon the following noon,
"I think we got our point across, at the rising of the moon!

At the rising of the moon, at the rising of the moon,
I think we got our point across at the rising of the moon!"

(This is another of my old "Pagan I.R.A." songs -- that's "Irish Revolutionary Activists," of course!)

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