Historical poems and charms based mostly on the Anglo-Saxon era, including: the gods (esa) and fantastical beings such as elves, dragons and goblins (wights). Months of the Saxon year and Pagan place names.
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The poems on this blog are mostly written on the basis of my historical reading and are intended to be both educational and entertaining.
Recently I have also begun posting some of my work with Anglo-Saxon charms. This work is somewhat speculative and is conducted as an amateur researcher and keen Pagan historian.
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Tuesday, 22 August 2017
The Fairy Ring
31st July I met a friend and we went to Saint James Park
to have a picnic, choosing to sit within a perfect fairy circle, of
about nine feet diameter, containing 'Fairy Ring Champignon'Shortly later three ravens came all as in the poem. The sweet
was a kind of joke sweet called 'Black Death' and was as described.
upon a moon day brightly, while we approach, good and rightly,
sun shine on the noon timely,
morrows fest, of
the Lammas day
warm and sun blessed, came
a troupe of ravens three,
in black all ravens three,
cautious me and she.
we sat inside
the grass ring, I could see the corvids dark wing,
each raven their
we witches with our long hair, looking, glancing, longing to stare,
did dare, dare guard the
by the tree,
soft sunshine the small mushrooms sitting there beneath
a circle there for thee.
baked bread ravens musing, then two ponder their leave choosing,
widdershins like John Dee,
the circle he is tracing, softly slowly he is pacing,
the worn fairy ring tracing, pacing circle true like Dee,
to taste the ball of Black Death like the scrying orb of Dee,
is what she gaveth me.
at once the taste grew stronger, I could bear it more no longer,
endured I the flavour, it
wilt soon passeth sayeth she.
the dark taste ended, and then gently sweetness entered,
raven he went flying, far
beyond the tall plane tree,
us alone together, pondering