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Oak, Ash & Thorn

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1.
Ælfscýne 01:25
2.
This day the sunlight is shining brighter I'm hearing my name on the breeze Beyond lies a new horizon Embrace destiny Look to the setting sun The road leads me ever on Release the heart's yearning Ghosts of time, stirring Dreams of wonders never seen The winds of change, soaring Distant lands, calling Onwards! The time has come to leave On Wayfarer's eve With dusk the birdsong is sounding sweeter All thoughts of regret leave my mind The darkness is drawing nearer The road now opens wide Release the heart's yearning Ghosts of time, stirring Dreams of wonders never seen The winds of change, soaring Distant lands, calling Onwards! The time has come to leave On Wayfarer's eve
3.
Far beyond the gaze of man We gather starlight in our hands Where dreams and shadows intertwine We leave the silent flow of time Steal away in the fading light Find the way through the shades of night We are the midnight folk Saw the acorn turn to oak Saw the hidden Gods invoking their Sylvan legacy Seasons woven into years And through it all the vision's clear With boughs above and flames below We dwell in realms forgotten long ago Casting runes by the Gates of Horn Hide the Moon as the spirits form We are the midnight folk Saw the acorn turn to oak Saw the hidden Gods invoking their Sylvan legacy We are the midnight folk Sacred circle, never broke This darkened forest has awoken Ancestral memories
4.
Relics 05:54
I'm walking with the ghosts of long forgotten years All in the golden dawn, a vision forming clear Fragmented memories are building in my mind The land before me stretches through the mists of time Echoes fade and memories die Held in time, the relics of our lives Far away a shadow stretches out its hand Yearning for us all to understand All, all that we were All that we are All we can ever be The roots give birth to the fruits The flower of destiny Is eternally in bloom I take the broken threads of days lived long ago From the uncertain shades of history's hidden folds To lie where dreams are twined in memory's mystic band Like pilgrim's wither'd wreath pluck'd in a far-off land Echoes fade and memories die Held in time, the relics of our lives Far away a shadow stretches out its hand Yearning for us all to understand All, all that we were All that we are All we can ever be The roots give birth to the fruits The flower of destiny Is eternally in bloom Unearthing the truth To carry to past into the future
5.
The golden haze of Summer, dreaming Within the meadows time had slipped away She came in green and silver She came for my soul Eternal Goddess make me whole Come away, come away on the dreams of today Come away to a bright horizon Where the myths never lie and the quest never dies Come away... I saw the stars come down from heaven And fall upon the Isle of Avalon I saw the King returning As bright as the sun I saw the form of Albion Come away, come away on the dreams of today Come away to a bright horizon Where the myths never lie and the quest never dies Come away to an Orchard Isle Upon that sacred hill With heart open wide The phoenix to rise I turn to face the Sun The rise of Avalon
6.
No one shall crown the May Queen Now the seasons are gone No voices fill the meadow Forgotten are the songs Well no fires shall light the hillside They have smothered the last But with this sheaf of gleanings We will restore the past This night we were a-maying With our good women-folk And now we come adorned With the leaves of the oak We dance around the fire Raise the tar barrels high On this evening of Midsummer Put the spirits to flight Libations for the strangers Lest our harvest should fail And leave the last fruit hanging They've already been claimed Here in the heart of winter While the boughs deck the halls We shall keep the fire a-burning Ere the Sun is reborn With Oak and Ash and Thorn Old England to adorn Within this Isle of Gramarye What once was bound is now set free I can feel them all Those who came before I can feel their ways Coming home again Upon the hill where fallen kings now lie I look across the land where I shall die So great a loss, can we still be redeemed When we have failed to sow our father's seeds I kiss the earth beneath the burning sky With broken heart I hear ancestors cry For hill and wood, for oak and ash and thorn For ways of life now gone forever more My sword is Truth and Love shall be my shield Modernity shall feel the blade I wield One two, one two and through and through, I slay And all shall fall before the old ways And thus anon, a Deity shall rise The beating heart of Albion, revived Rejoice, rejoice the end of the machine Hereafter for to dwell in evergreen With Oak and Ash and Thorn Old England to adorn Within this Isle of Gramarye What once was bound is now set free By Oak and Ash and Thorn Old England is reborn Within this Isle of Gramarye Your children have returned to thee
7.
Within the greenest dells I claim the arcane knowledge lost Amidst the darkened boughs I see the face of Cernunnos Come follow me Into the wild Come follow me O' nature's child Come follow me Into the wild Through the darkling wood Stirring Elfin blood I keep the sacred bond Once held twixt bird and beast and man And with the fair folk by my side I roam the traceless paths Come follow me Into the wild Come follow me O' nature's child Come follow me Into the wild Bring the pagan dawn With oak and ash and thorn Take me ever deeper Ere my waking dream departs Timeless sylvan beauty Held within my Oaken Heart
8.
Land of my birth You have fallen into darkness Your people once fought To dwell in freedom and prosperity Yet fate did overturn it all When the horns of war are sounding Let the flame of England burn As the lightning strikes the mountain Then the ghosts of England shall return Land of my pride You have known the taste of betrayal Your fair pastures green Once saw a thousand gold-bright warriors Fight until death or victory When the horns of war are sounding Let the flame of England burn As the lightning strikes the mountain Then the ghosts of England shall return When the blood of men is stirring Let the rose of England bloom See the Golden Age returning Born again from within the English womb Dark horizons through the years Blackened dreams and frozen tears In the shadows I await Bound to all our destinies I'm bound to England's fate When the horns of war are blown Ride across these Stiperstones Silver shadows pierce the sky Come the hour when steel meets bone Look for the final signs Through the ages The dream of freedom never died When hope has left you Look out towards the mountain side I shall return And all our loss shall be restored The Flame shall burn The Rose shall bloom for evermore
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released April 24, 2020

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