Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Four Seasons

Breezes blow through the woods in springtime
Roots drink deep from the wakened earth
The young leaves shine in the quickening sunlight
Dance the song of the new year's birth

The dance goes on and it's never ending
 The circle turns and the singer sings
The year turns round but the woods in springtime
 Do not care what the winter brings.

 When the leaves are long in the days of summer
 And the light drifts through them cool and green
 The great trees stir in their dreaming sleep
 And sing slow tales of the years they've seen

 The dance goes on and it's never ending
 The circle turns and the tale unfolds
 The years turn round but the wood in summer
 Has no thought of the winter's cold.

Blackberry, hazel, and elderberry
Hang heavy and ripe in the shortening days
Bright as a banner the autumn leaves
Burn red in the old sun's dying rays

The dance goes on and it's never ending
The circle turns and returns again
The year burns on but the wood in autumn
Gathers itself for the winter's pain.

When winter bites and the leaves are falling
Through the hawthorn cold winds run
Through the dwindling day the cruel-leafed holly
Keeps safe the memory of the sun

The dance goes on and it's never ending
The circle turns and the singer sings
The year grows old but the winter wood
Still holds the memory of the spring.

The Four Seasons By Brian Pearson (From the album "Tam Lin")

 I discovered this song only recently on a CD called The Dance Goes On by Blanche Rowen and Mike Gulston. I absolutely love the words, they are precisely what my blog is all about. I've tried to find a Youtube rendering of it but sadly there doesn't seem to be one.
I've been really busy over the last couple of weeks hence the lack of posts and comments. Must do better!


John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

If you want to listen to/buy the song you can go to
I'm listening to it right now. You can buy and download the song or the whole album or indeed buy the physical CD with a simple click of the mouse.
Fine photographs to accompany a fine song, Rowan.

jill said...

That's lovely.xx

Rowan said...

I have the CD John:) - but maybe others will be interested in the website. It makes a difference when you can hear the song in your head you as you read the words.

WOL said...

On checking my feed reader, I'm always happy to see your blog highlighted as having a post. Unfortunately, song lyrics leave out the best part, which is the melody that is their fabric backing. I shall have to look for that CD.

Also delighted to see a picture of the handsome Mr. Baggins in situ. I have several of your lovely photos in my wallpaper cycler, and whenever one cycles through, I so enjoy peeking through that window into your beautiful world.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Absolutely lovely - words and photos.

Roy Norris said...

Check out the above D.
Its not a great reproduction though.
Lovely images you have used to illustrate it.

Rosie said...

I love the words with your photos - I've just listened to the music too and it really does suit the theme of the song:)

Louise said...

what lovely photos to illustrate the song.

Hildred said...

Beautiful posting, - pictures are lovely and so relevant.

Dog Trot Farm said...

Lovly post Rowan, I must look for this album...I would love to listen to the music...beautiful photographs too...Hope you are enjoying this Autumn season...Blessings

Ash said...

Just lovely. :0)

marigold jam said...

Lovely words and photos especially like the gorse blossom in the snow!

Iris Rose said...

what beautiful lyrics. I will have to find the music! As always, your photos are stunning and express the seasons delightfully.

Patricia said...

Lovely post Rowan with some stunning photos. Must search out that song.
Patricia x

Blanche Rowen said...

Hello - I'm glad you like the song. I hope to get round to doing a proper youtube of it at some time. The live one recorded in the yurt isn't great quality! Glad to find so many people as moved by the seasons as we are. Please come and find more of our songs, which are from a whole album devoted to the year's turning. You can find more about it at
Best wishes
Blanche Rowen

Anonymous said...

Absolutely my fav season of the year...

Weekend-Windup said...

Beautiful words and pictures...

crafty cat corner said...

thankyou for a lovely post, your blackberry picture is helpful for my latest crazy patchwork block.
Good timing.

kerrdelune said...

I loved this, Rowan, and thank you! I am going to look for the song.

Tom Foxe said...

I haven't heard this version so no criticism is implied/intended. I love the rendering by Brian Pearson and others which can be heard if you google "Brian Pearson 4 seasons". The lyrics are wonderful & I've been singing this song for some years now. It works at any time of year, though it probably most suits midwinter.
Trees are not valued enough and I'd like to learn more tree songs.