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Recorded live at Vancouver Pagan Pride, Surrey, BC (August 10, 2013). Vocal adaptation of prophecies from the novel "The Dark is Rising" by Susan B. Cooper. From Of Dragons and Unicorns, released 01 June 1997.

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On the day of the dead, when the year too dies,
Must the youngest open the oldest hills
Through the door of the birds, where the breeze breaks.
There fire shall fly from the raven boy,
And the silver eyes that see the wind,
And the Light shall have the harp of gold.

By the pleasant lake the Sleepers lie,
On Cadfan’s Way where the kestrels call;
Through grim from the Grey King shadows fall,
Yet singing the golden harp shall guide
To break their sleep and bid them ride

When light from the lost land shall return,
Six Sleepers shall ride, six Signs shall burn,
And where the midsummer tree grows tall
By Pendragon’s sword the Dark shall fall.

When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone.

By the pleasant lake the Sleepers lie,
On Cadfan’s Way where the kestrels call;
Through grim from the Grey King shadows fall,
Yet singing the golden harp shall guide
To break their sleep and bid them ride

When light from the lost land shall return,
Six Sleepers shall ride, six Signs shall burn,
And where the midsummer tree grows tall
By Pendragon’s sword the Dark shall fall.

Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood from the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six Signs the circle, and the grail gone before.

By the pleasant lake the Sleepers lie,
On Cadfan’s Way where the kestrels call;
Through grim from the Grey King shadows fall,
Yet singing the golden harp shall guide
To break their sleep and bid them ride

When light from the lost land shall return,
Six Sleepers shall ride, six Signs shall burn,
And where the midsummer tree grows tall
By Pendragon’s sword the Dark shall fall.

Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of gold,
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.

By the pleasant lake the Sleepers lie,
On Cadfan’s Way where the kestrels call;
Through grim from the Grey King shadows fall,
Yet singing the golden harp shall guide
To break their sleep and bid them ride

When light from the lost land shall return,
Six Sleepers shall ride, six Signs shall burn,
And where the midsummer tree grows tall
By Pendragon’s sword the Dark shall fall.

On Cadfan’s Way where the kestrels call;
Through grim from the Grey King shadows fall,
Yet singing the golden harp shall guide
To break their sleep and bid them ride

When light from the lost land shall return,
Six Sleepers shall ride, six Signs shall burn,
And where the midsummer tree grows tall
By Pendragon’s sword the Dark shall fall.

credits

from Summerfest: Live Recordings from the 2013 Event Season, released October 3, 2013
-- Lyrics copyright (c) 1973 by Susan Cooper from “The Dark is Rising” series
-- Music copyright (c) 1993 by Diane Morrison

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Sable Aradia Vernon, British Columbia

Independent singer-songwriter, author & composer of New Age, Pagan, filk, acoustic, meditation & goth music. Sable spans numerous musical genres, but her work is inspired by her Wiccan faith and her wild imagination. Her influences include Billie Holiday, Heather Alexander, Leslie Fish, Iron Maiden, Wendy Rule, and Inkubus Sukkubus. ... more

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