Lord of the Dance (pagan version)


Lord of the Dance (Pagan)
Version 1:

When She danced on the water and the wind was Her horn,
The Lady danced and a universe was born
And when She lit the sun and the light gave Him birth
The Lord of the Dance first appeared on the Earth

Dance, dance, wherever you may be I am the Lord of the Dance, said He I'll live in you if you'll live in Me And I'll lead you all in the dance, said He
I dance in the circle and the flames leap on high I dance in the fire and I never, never die I dance on the waves of the bright summer sea For I am the Lord of the waves' mystery I sleep in the kernel and I laugh at the rain I dance in the wind and through the waving grain When you cut me down, I care nothing for the pain In the spring, I'm the Lord of the Dance once again I dance at the Sabbat when you dance at the spell I dance and sing that everyone be well When the dancing's over, do not think that I am gone To live is to dance so I dance on and on The Lord and the Lady cast a song across the plain The birds took the notes and sang them back again 'Til the sound of Her music was the song of the sky And to that song, there is one reply They danced in the darkness and They danced in the night They danced on the Earth and everything was light They danced in the darkness and They danced in the dawn And the day of the dancing still goes on I gaze on the Heavens and I gaze on the Earth And I feel the pain of dying and rebirth And I lift my head in gladness and in praise of the day For the Dance of the Lord and the Lady gay I see the maidens laughing as they dance in the sun And we count the fruits of the harvest one by one We know the storm is coming, but the grain is all stored So we sing to the praise of the Lady and the Lord We dance even slower as the leaves fall and spin And the sound of Her horn is the wailing of the wind The call of the Hunter as He rides across the plain While the Lady sleeps 'til the spring comes again The Sun is in the southlands and the winds they will chill And the sound of Her horn is fading on the hill The herd stands in the stillness as we move in a trance But we hold on fast to our faith in the Dance The Sun's in the southlands and the days lengthen fast And soon we will sing of the winter that is past But now light the candles and rejoice as they burn We dance the Dance of the Sun's return The snow is slowly melting and the clouds bring the rain The Lady wakes, for the spring has come again We dance in the meadows and we dance in the groves And rejoice in the Lord's and the Lady's love AB, SOF

Version 2:

  She danced on the water, and the wind was Her horn
  The Lady laughed, and everything was born
  And when She lit the sun and its light gave Him birth
  The Lord of the Dance first appeared on the Earth 

(Chorus): Dance, dance, where ever you may be
          I am the Lord of the Dance, you see!
          I live in you, and you live in Me
          And I lead you all in the Dance, said He! 

  I danced in the morning when the World was begun
  I danced in the Moon and the Stars and the Sun
  I was called from the Darkness by the Song of the Earth
  I joined in the Song, and She gave Me the Birth! 

  I dance in the Circle when the flames leap up high
  I dance in the Fire, and I never, ever, die
  I dance in the waves of the bright summer sea
  For I am the Lord of the wave's mystery 

  I sleep in the kernel, and I dance in the rain
  I dance in the wind, and thru the waving grain
  And when you cut me down, I care nothing for the pain;
  In the Spring I'm the Lord of the Dance once again! 

  I dance at the Sabbat when you dance out the Spell
  I dance and sing that everyone be well
  And when the dancing's over do not think that I am gone
  To live is to Dance! So I dance on, and on! 

  I see the Maidens laughing as they dance in the Sun
  And I count the fruits of the Harvest, one by one
  I know the Storm is coming, but the Grain is all stored
  So I sing of the Dance of the Lady, and Her Lord.

  The Horn of the Lady cast its' sound 'cross the Plain
  The birds took the notes, and gave them back again
  Till the sound of Her music was a Song in the sky
  And to that Song there is only one reply: 

  The moon in her phases, and the tides of the sea
  The movement of the Earth, and the Seasons that will be
  Are the rhythm for the dancing, and a promise through the years
  That the Dance goes on through all our joy, and tears 

  We dance ever slower as the leaves fall and spin
  And the sound of the Horn is the wailing of the wind
  The Earth is wrapped in stillness, and we move in a trance,
  But we hold on fast to our faith in the Dance! 

  The sun is in the southland and the days grow chill
  And the sound of the horn is fading on the hill
  'Tis the horn of the Hunter, as he rides across the plain
  And the Lady sleeps 'til the Spring comes again 

  The Sun is in the Southland and the days lengthen fast
  And soon we will sing for the Winter that is past
  Now we light the candles and rejoice as they burn
  And we dance the Dance of the Sun's return! 

  They danced in the darkness and they danced in the night
  They danced on the Earth, and everything was light
  They danced out the Darkness and they danced in the Dawn
  And the Day of that Dancing is still going on!       

  I gaze on the Heavens and I gaze on the Earth
  And I feel the pain of dying, and re-birth
  And I lift my head in gladness, and in praise
  For the Dance of the Lord, and His Lady gay 

  I dance in the stars as they whirl throughout space
  And I dance in the pulse of the veins in your face
  No dance is too great, no dance is too small,
  You can look anywhere, for I dance in them all!
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4 Responses to “Lord of the Dance (pagan version)”

  1. bdrex Says:

    I have seen several Pagan/nature posts from Toronto. Why do you think this is so? One author I enjoyed was Tom Harpur from near there, is he influential?
    Bdrex

  2. monado Says:

    I really don’t know. There are pagan congregations here, such as the Wiccan Church of Canada. And Tom Harpur has been a columnist with the Toronto Star for many years. I am not religious myself but I find the agricultural and naturalistic quality of paganism appealing. Have you read Harpur’s book, The Pagan Christ? I think it must be his latest. The blurb says, “This is Harpur’s most radical and groundbreaking work to date, in which he digs deep into the origins of Christianity and how the early Christian church covered up all attempts to reveal the Bible as myth.”

  3. bdrex Says:

    I read The Pagan Christ three years ago. Harpur has a new book but I haven’t read it. His book was a favorite of mine.

    “Religious” I read a book by a former Priest, (With Eyes To See) who went to South America to save the poor natives. He found true spirituality was finding balance with nature and living in that moment (balanced).

    He ended up learning from the native people instead of vice-versa. Now that is religion!


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