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  1. Melangell MP3

From the album Melangell - MP3

Melangell, the patron saint of hares and small animals, has always been near to my heart. It is said that Melangell came from Ireland to Wales sometime in the 7th century and lived a life of seclusion with the wildlife of Cwm Pennant, seeking shelter and solitude. One day Brochwel, a prince of what is now Powys, Wales, was out hunting with his dogs when they began to chase a rabbit, suddenly, the dogs stopped abruptly, and there before them was a small hare running to take shelter in Melangell’s cape. So touched by this, Brochwel granted her the valley to keep as her safe haven. Later, as an abbess, she founded a community of women where her memory and love of hares, often referred to as “Melangell’s lambs”, continues today. In the remote little church that stands in remembrance, there’s a 15th century oak screen carving telling her story. My mom painted this picture maybe twenty years ago or more, and it’s as special to me as if I was standing there today.

Lyrics

Melangell

White is the flower I left by the gate
Ancient the path, it never fades
A ringlet of stories held fast by faith
Where words become shelter, refuge awaits

Draped, there by the door
Like an undisturbed journey of many before
I came here in wonder, I came here by grace
To stand in the walls of her healing embrace

Run to the place where each moment in time
Moment in time, we are born
Back to the place where each moment in time
Moment in time we are born

Small creatures rest at the touch of her hem
No hunters, no hounds, will dare enter in
Pure heart she stands like a light in this place
Behold asylum in the fold of her cape

Carry my soul back in the song of a wren
Where wild hares gather in the clearing again

Cover me, beneath the clouds and cloak of the day
Where carvings relive her sanctioned place
I whisper her name in silence so frail
Through hedgerows of time to the healing vale

Run to the place where each moment in time
Moment in time, we are born
Back to the place where each moment in time
Moment in time we are born

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