A Hymn For Alban Hefin [Summer Solstice 2017]

20170621 ALBAN HEFINThe Summer Solstice, known to the Druids of old in the Welsh language as ‘Alban Hefin’ (which means ‘the light of the shore’) is almost upon us.

And to celebrate Alban Hefin, this Wednesday, 21 june 2017 at 5.24pm (UK time), I’ve written a poem, and have set it to music – an well-known and (personally) much-loved old Gaelic song called ‘She moved through the fair’ – and so as well as a poem, it’s also become a hymn for Celtic Christians, Druidic-Christians, Druids and others which can be used at the upcoming wonderful event of Alban Hefid.

The words are below, and at the end there is a link to soundXXX where (if you can withstand the shock there is a recording of me singing the hmyn).

So, happy Alban Hefin to you and yours, and here is ‘A Hymn For Alban Hefin 2017’

Great Light above.
All hail the sun
from whom all life proceeds,
Oh Glorious One.
Unending, unbroken
you traverse the sky.
Turning night to day.
With joy we cry.

Unresting, unheeding
in beauty you shine.
Full of health and vigour
poured out like new wine.
For all humankind
your riches bestow
from heaven above
to the Earth below.

All life you create
in the circle of love.
And we celebrate
your end-less gifts.
Laud and honour
for-ever be,
to you Bless-ed One,
For-ever Three.

Great Light above.
All hail the sun
from whom all life proceeds,
Oh Glorious One.
Unending, unbroken
you traverse the sky.
Turning night to day.
With joy we cry.

Tune: She moved through the fair
Words inspired by: Light’s Abode, Celestial Salem, attributed to Thomas á Kempis