1. Soul of Nature

From the recording Crossroads

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An original, meditative Celtic melody set to the "Charge of the Goddess" by (and in honor of) Doreen Valiente. To me, these words are the essence of what Joseph Campbell called "The Quest."


Soul Of Nature
Based on “Charge of the Goddess”
by Doreen Valiente (1922-1999)

I who am the beauty

Of the green earth and white moon
From among the stars
And the mysteries of the waters

The desire of the heart of man
Calls unto thy soul
Arise and come unto me
For I am the Soul of Nature

Who brings life unto the universe
From me all things proceed
And unto me all things must return

Rhiannon, Rhiannon

Beloved of gods and men
Let thine inmost divine self be
Enfolded in the rapture of the infinite

Let my worship be within the heart
That rejoiceth for behold
All acts of love and pleasure
Are my rituals

Therefore let there be beauty,
Strength and power and compassion,
Honor and humility,
Mirth and reverence within thee

And thou who thinkest to seek for me
Know thy seeking shall avail thee not
Unless thou knowest the mystery of

Rhiannon, Rhiannon

If that which thou seekest
Thou findest not within thee
Thou shalt never find it without thee

For behold I have been with thee
From the beginning
And I am that which is attained
At the end of desire

Rhiannon, Rhiannon

Song Copyright 2008 JL Greene
Lyrics Doreen Valiente - Public Domain
from Crossroads, released January 1, 2008
all rights reserved