Lughnasadh Dance

by Gwydion Pendderwen

(Editor's Note: Although Gwydion Pendderwen is no longer with us in the Earth Realm, his fame as one of the first recorded Pagan songwriteers lives on...and it is at this time of year that I like to lisen to this masterpiece of his, in dedication of Lugh...)

Lugh the light of summer bright clothed all in green
Tailtiu his mother true rise up and be seen

Chorus:
At the festival sound the horn, calling the people again
Child of Barleycorn, newly summerborn, ripening like the grain

The child grew tall from spring to fall he's off to find a wife
But Balor came to make his claim and swore to take his life

Chorus:
At the festival sound the horn, calling the people again
Child of Barleycorn, newly summerborn, ripening like the grain

The two did fight from noon 'till night when Lugh did strike him one
And Balor's eye flew in the sky and there became the sun

Chorus:
At the festival sound the horn, calling the people again
Child of Barleycorn, newly summerborn, ripening like the grain

Lugh was wed and made his bed with Erin in the north
And there they lay for many a day and soon a child came forth

Chorus:
At the festival sound the horn, calling the people again
Child of Barleycorn, newly summerborn, ripening like the grain

The child grew tall from spring to fall, Setanta was his name
And then at length by honor's strength CuChulainn he became

Chorus:
At the festival sound the horn, calling the people again
Child of Barleycorn, newly summerborn, ripening like the grain

For more on Gwydion and the Pagan Music Movement, read this