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Ash Groves

Ash Groves “Down yonder green valley where streamlets meander When twilight is fading I pensively rove, Or at the bright noontide in solitude wander Amid the dark shades of the lonely Ash Grove. ‘Tis there where the blackbird is cheerfully singing, Each warbler enchants with his note from the tree, Ah, then little I think of sorrow or sadness, The Ash Grove enchanting spells beauty for me.” Wales to me, Though stranger to my step, Like the Ash groves on rolling mountains Blackbirds warble - long days of summer’s smile; A pensive rover with my Welsh companions Of Corgi’s, wily terriers About my feet; Honoring a Red Dragon, in this land of song Where songs bequeathed to my heart - Sung before my time - left for me sing; In lyrics of canaries free of cages Rising up from deep shafts of dark coal Sing out their freedom; Still heard in voyages ‘cross the Celtic Sea – Pensive legends of home ‘Cross turbulent oceans;– Finding rolling mountains to climb Upon Liberty’s broad wings To Ash groves of white and blue; Ne’er forgetting Rock Rose or Snowden Lily The Red Kite soaring High up in Welsh hearts; No more to pensively roam Through new ash groves of freedom In this new land of song - New land of song. “The ash grove, how graceful how plainly ‘tis speaking The harp thro’ it playing has language for me… The Ash Grove alone is my home.” Based on the Welsh folk song “Ash Grove.” Song form AABAABA Part of my family came from Wales to Kentucky and Tennessee in the 1800’s. Their last name was Henderson. 7-2-20

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Date: 7/5/2020 2:18:00 PM
Came back for another taste of the cool waters of these words, my friend. A winner to me. Many blessings ~ John
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 7/5/2020 7:46:00 PM
Thank you! You made my day my friend! I think I formatted the poem incorrectly following the structure of the original song. By separating the chorus from the verses I think the lyric structure is better highlighted. Also, I think Julia wanted the poem to be about Wales exclusively - not about coming to America. Just a guess. Sending you blessings for your rising ERA! July 25th is coming!
Date: 7/3/2020 8:04:00 PM
"Where songs bequeathed to my heart"! I was overjoyed to see this today, my friend. Ash Grove has long been a favorite tune, one we sing at church with the words "Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving...". Such a gorgeous tribute to the land of the red dragon. A fave for me, and one I hope will sing victoriously in the Wales contest ~ John
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 7/3/2020 11:32:00 PM
I have loved this song - in both forms - since I camp counseled in college! Not a surprise it is one of your favorites too! So beautiful and haunting. Just discovered our Welsh heritage. Was searching for a lyric for the contest when Ash Grove came to mind. So glad you like it. Thank you for your good wishes! Love your entry to the contest. Happy 4th of July!