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Phil Hutchens is a Keltrian Druid Initiate of the Ring of the Oak and former Henge Secretary. He is an Ordained Interfaith Minister and co-founded the Mists of Stone Forest grove in Minneapolis, MN.

The Lyke-Wake Dirge, A Druid version

(Lyrics adapted by Phil Hutchens)

Phil Hutchens

Hear the words of our Gods,
Enter Tir na Nog
Love is the hand that turns the wheel,
and round the wheel doth turn.

Know that you must from this life pass,
Enter Tir na Nog
Beneath the Earth to seek your rest,
and round the wheel doth turn.

When the First great gate is passed,
Enter Tir na Nog
Your Shoes you must lay down at last,
and round the wheel doth turn.

When the Second great gate is passed,
Enter Tir na Nog
Your Staff you must lay down at last,
and round the wheel doth turn.

When the Third great gate is passed,
Enter Tir na Nog
Your Sickle you must lay down at last,
and round the wheel doth turn.

When the Fourth great gate is passed,
Enter Tir na Nog
Your cords you must lay down at last,
and round the wheel doth turn.

When the Fifth great gate is passed,
Enter Tir na Nog
Your Robe you must lay down at last,
and round the wheel doth turn.

When the Sixth great gate is passed,
Enter Tir na Nog
Your Sigil you must lay down at last,
and round the wheel doth turn.

When the Seventh great gate is passed,
Enter Tir na Nog
Your Fears you must lay down at last, and round the wheel doth turn.

The Dark Mother will be waiting there,
Enter Tir na Nog
With Her dark lover, the Comforter,
and round the wheel doth turn.

They sit upon an ebon throne,
Enter Tir na Nog
Her crown is ice and His is stone,
and round the wheel doth turn.

Their love brings forth both fruit and death,
Enter Tir na Nog
There is no other way to life,
and round the wheel doth turn.

For life is death and death is life,
Enter Tir na Nog
And love is the greatest mystery,
and round the wheel doth turn.

Hear the words of our Gods,
Enter Tir na Nog
Love is the hand that turns the wheel,
and round the wheel doth turn.

Note:  Wiccans also have a reclaimed version. Some believe the song should only to be sung to completion when magically intended, so as to not have its magic diminished when used as a Rite of Passage.  When teaching or learning this song, I suggest that the last stanza be omitted.

The Christian version was first collected by John Aubrey in 1686, who also recorded that it was being sung in 1616, but it is believed to be much older. To hear the some, a midi file is at http://www.canasg.com/midi/lyke.mid.


Editor Notes:

Sheet music is available at: Traditional Music Library.
[amazon_link id="B00007KK91" target="_blank" ]Present: The Very Best of Steeleye Span[/amazon_link] contains their version of Lyke-Wake Dirge.  Also it is available for mp3 download from several sources including:

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