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Our Lady Greensleeves

In Memoriam
Anne Boleyn (1500?-1536)

Legend has it that the original “Greensleeves” was written by King Henry VIII for Anne Boleyn, who, after a pursuit of several years, became the second of his six wives. Henry later had Anne beheaded for “treason” (alleged adultery) when she failed to produce a son as heir. She did, however produce a daughter, who later became Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), arguably England’s greatest monarch.

“Our Lady Greensleeves”
words by Lady Isadora
music traditional arr. Lady Isadora
©1990, 2010

Midwinter moon is shining bright
The Yuletide log is burning
Good people, gather round tonight
The Sabbat Wheel is turning
Joy! Mirth! The Sun’s Rebirth!
Now as of old we greet Thee
Gladd’ning is the song we sing
Of praises to the Lady

’Twas at the feast of bright Beltane
When we all were a-Maying
Sweet Minstrel Queen in Her gown of green
Spring roundelay was playing
And though now robed in snow
Her wintry garb deceives, for
Bedecked with holly and mistletoe
She is still Our Lady Greensleeves

So drink ye wassail, everyone
Good Pagans all, make merry
With wine as red as the reborn Sun
As red as holly berry
Dance, sing, come join the ring
As Her Yuletide spell She weaves
Fair Queen, the Evergreen
Sweet lovely Lady Greensleeves

Badge of Anne Boleyn

“Our Lady Greensleeves”
from The Queen of Earth & Sky
by Lady Isadora
©1990, 2010
Dance of Life Productions (ASCAP)

“...achingly beautiful... Though many have written words for this primally moving melody, this telling of the Wheel Year in the crystalline voice of Isadora is the pinnacle of all.” – Green Egg

Three Carols for Yule:
Masters in This Hall * The Holly King * Our Lady Greensleeves
Goddess Rest Ye Merry Gentlefolk
(from the forthcoming CD!)

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