Lammas Chant or Song
(Lyrics by Arnon Clark / Music The Mingaulay Boat Song -trad.)
(written at Kaleidoscope Fest, Lammas 98)
Chorus - Now is Lammas, Summer Harvest
Bind the sheaves tight and carry the grain home.
Feed the children, all the family
Food and plenty throughout the fall.
Call it Lammas, Lugh or Lughnasadh, but gather closely the first fruits of harvest.
We've no fear now, of want or famine, by the love of the God and Goddess.
As the long days all grow shorter, and the Horned One, He wanes and weakens,
We have plenty, and good eating, through His dying to live again.
As the sun sets, so the moon will rise. Praise the Lady and light the fire.
From Her body, and His sacrifice, comes our harvest and our lives.
Join your voices, spirits and your hearts. Bring your love now, and join together.
For the harvest it is gathered, and the time for the dance is come.
(alternately, the chorus may be inserted between each stanza, rather than every second one)