The Queen of Walsingham (Live in Walsingham Abbey Crypt)

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Our pilgrimage destination was Walsingham, a shrine built in 1061. Before the Reformation, Walsingham was the second most important and popular pilgrimage destination in Britain (after Canterbury).

This Walsingham ballad is both a lament for the loss of the shrine, after the forces of Reformation banned pilgrimage and destroyed the monasteries, and also a paean to Mary, the Queen of Walsingham.

We recorded this ballad in the Crypt of the wracked Walsingham Abbey, after it accompanied us mantra-like for every footstep of our final 5 miles through sleepy Norfolk lanes to Walsingham.

Lyrics:
In the wracks of Walsingham
Whom should I choose
But the Queen of Walsingham
to be my guide and muse.

Such were the worth of Walsingham
While she did stand,
Such are the wracks as now do show
Of that Holy Land.

Where were gates are no gates now,
The ways unknown
Where the press of peers did pass
While her fame was blown.

In the wracks of Walsingham
Whom should I choose
But the Queen of Walsingham
to be my guide and muse.

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

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