The Green Blade Rises (Live in St Edmundsbury Cathedral)

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Our Walsingham pilgrimage started four days after Easter, and this is a nature-inspired Easter song.

We noticed that in many holy ruins we stopped at, where devotion had been suppressed, the unstoppable force of life still pushes green blades through the soil amongst the broken stone structures. A little shoot of grass is growing up out of Bury right now: the East Anglia Pilgrimage Network – we wish them well. And, of course, the new beautiful stone tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, under which we made this recording, found its way pushing out into the sky only ten years ago!

The track ends with our pilgrim staffs, cut from blackthorn and hazel, tapping the stone floors of the Cathedral cloisters - a sound that the monks of old would have known well, but will be heard again…

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love will come again, like wheat that springeth green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Thy touch can call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts, that dead and bare have been:
Love will come again, like wheat that springeth green.


from To Be A Pilgrim (Songs From The Way To Walsingham), released May 5, 2015
Trad. Arr. Hayward and Parsons



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