Blessings of Midsummer

Yea i know its a couple days after the official Summer Solstice, but my coven’s ritual isn’t until this Saturday anyway when the temperature and humidity will be lower to allow an outside ritual in Snakehenge and everyone can come.

I found this picture and poem – Blessings of Midsummer Mischief and Mayhem on the blog of Witch of Forest Grove and assume the pic is public domain.

The whole poem reproduced below the picture below is from A Tree Song by Rudyard Kipling. Enjoy, and make merry, and Blessed Be!


by Rudyard Kipling

            Of all the trees that grow so fair,

                Old England to adorn,

            Greater is none beneath the sun,

                Than Oak, and Ash, and Thorn.

            Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs,

                (All of a Midsummer morn!)

            Surely we sing of no little thing,

                In Oak, and Ash, and Thorn.

            Oak of the Clay lived many a day,

                Or ever Aeneas began.

            Ash of the Loam was a Lady at home,

                When Brut was an outlaw man.

            Thorn of the Down saw New Troy Town

                (From which was London born);

            Witness hereby the ancientry

                Of Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!

            Yew that is old in churchyard-mould,

                He breedeth a mighty bow.

            Alder for shoes do wise men choose,

                And beech for cups also.

            But when ye have killed, and your bowl is spilled,

                And your shoes are clean outworn,

            Back ye must speed for all that ye need,

                To Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!

            Ellum she hateth mankind, and waiteth

                Till every gust be laid,

            To drop a limb on the head of him

                That any way trusts her shade.

            But whether a lad be sober or sad,

                Or mellow with wine from the horn,

            He will take no wrong when he lieth along

                ‘Neath Oak, and Ash, and Thorn.

          Oh, do not tell the priest our plight,

                Or he would call it a sin;

            But–we have been out in the woods all night,

                A-conjuring Summer in!

            And we bring you good news by word of mouth.

                Good news for cattle and corn —

            Now is the Sun come up from the south,

                With Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!

            Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs

                (All of a Midsummer morn)!

            England shall bide till Judgement Tide,

                By Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!

4 thoughts on “Blessings of Midsummer

  1. in romania we keep the old thrakian customs and i found in sweden they do the same, just to separate themselves from the church who tried to impose a feast on 22th, we both do it on 24th and its the day of the fairies

  2. Great Post :D
    I thought youd like my new machinima animation
    The Faerie Trees;

    By Oak and Ash and Thorn, Bright Blessings ~

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