Aerden (aerden) wrote,
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The Birds Have Sung Their Last.

A true Bard has died.

I just heard that Derek Bell, harpist of The Chieftains, just died while recovering from minor surgery, here in the States. He was 67.

I had the pleasure of seeing him and the Chieftains live at Rockefeller's club here in Houston, several times. Derek Bell was a marvelous harpist and pianist, among other things. I and my husband will miss him very, very much.


O light the candle, John
The daylight has almost gone
The birds have sung their last
The bells call all to mass
Sit here by my side
For the night is very long
There's something I must tell
Before I pass along


I joined the brotherhood
My books were all to me
I scribed the words of God
And much of history
Many a year was I
Perched out upon the sea
The waves would wash my tears
The wind, my memory


I'd hear the ocean breathe;
Exhale upon the shore
I knew the tempest's blood
Its wrath I would endure
And so the years went by
Within my rocky cell
With only a mouse or bird
My friend; I loved them well


And so it came to pass
I'd come here to Romani
And many a year it took
Till I arrived here with thee
On dusty roads I walked
And over mountains high
Through rivers running deep
Beneath the endless sky


Beneath these jasmine flowers
Amidst these cypress trees
I give you now my books
And all their mysteries
Now take the hourglass
And turn it one its head
For when the sands are still
'Tis then you'll find me dead


O light the candle, John
The daylight has almost gone
The birds have sung their last
The bells call all to mass

--Loreena McKennit

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