Blessed Samhain

‘I am the Shadow that Calls to Your Soul’

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Samhain is a Gaelic festival which commemorates the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the darker half of the year.  Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31st October at sundown to 1st November at sundown because, when people still went by perceived rather than machine time, sunset marked the beginning of the day.

Damh the Bard: Samhain Eve

Close the door, keep out the storm
Far away, far away
Keep the need-fires burning til dawn
Oh, leave my soul

For the cold will come this night
From far away, far away
Frost will fall, and ice will bite
Oh, leave my soul

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Oh, leave my soul
Please, pass me by when the evening falls
Oh blessed are we
The Hunter of Souls we shall see
On Samhain Eve

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I can hear the Hunter’s hounds
Far away, far away
I will cast the Circle round
Oh, leave my soul

Raven-witch, I feel your breath
Far away, far away
Bringing with you Summer’s death
Oh, leave my soul

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Oh, leave my soul
Please, pass me by when the evening falls
Oh blessed are we
The Hunter of Souls we shall see
On Samhain Eve

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Sunrise, the tolling bell
Far away, far away
Breaks the Raven-witch’s spell
Oh, blessed are we

The leaves of the Oaken King
Fade away, fade away
Feed the seeds that will come in the Spring
Oh, blessed are we

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Oh, blessed are we
Summer will come with the May on the tree
Oh, hail to the Queen,
And under the Sun we shall sing
To call in the Spring

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