Green Grow the Rushes, O (For the Celtic Spirituality in Colorado group)

Here are a few different versions of Green Grow the Rushes, Oh, including only the final time through, for brevity. I’ve done some editing and rearranging to make comparison easier. The link following indicates where I drew the versions from. At the bottom, a few notes on these in relation to my own practice.

I'll sing you twelve, O
Green grow the rushes, O
What are your twelve, O?
Twelve for the twelve Apostles ,
Eleven for the eleven who went to heaven, 
Ten for the ten commandments,
Nine for the nine bright shiners,
Eight for the eight bold rangers,
Seven for the seven stars in the sky
Six for the six proud walkers, 
Five for the symbols at your door, 
Four for the Gospel makers,
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, lily-white boys,
Clothed all in green, O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/green_grow_the_rushes.htm

 

I'll sing you twelve, Ho
Green grow the rushes, Ho
What are your twelve, Ho?
Twelve for the twelve Apostles
Eleven for the eleven who went to heaven,
Ten for the ten commandments,
Nine for the nine bright shiners,
Eight for the April Rainers,
Seven for the seven stars in the sky,
Six for the six proud walkers,
Five for the symbols at your door,
Four for the Gospel makers,
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, the lily-white boys,
Clothèd all in green, Ho Ho
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Grow_the_Rushes,_O

 

I'll sing you twelve, O
Green grow the rushes, O
What is your twelve, O?
Twelve for the twelve apostles
Eleven for the eleven who went to heaven 
Ten for the ten commandments 
Nine for the nine bright shiners 
Eight for the April raiders
Seven for the seven stars in the sky 
Six for the six night walkers
Five for the symbol at your door 
Four for the gospel-makers,
Three, three the rivals!
Two, two lily-white boys
Clothed all in green, O
One is one, and all alone,
And ever more shall be so.

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=541

 

I'll sing you twelve, O
Green grow the rushes, O
What are your twelve, O?
Twelve for the twelve apostles,
Eleven for the eleven who went to heaven, and
Ten for the Ten Commandments,
Nine for the nine bright shiners,
Eight for the April rainers,
Seven for the seven stars in the sky, and
Six for the six proud walkers,
Five for the symbols at your door, and
Four for the gospel-makers,
Three, three arrivals!
Two, two lily-white boys
Clothed all in green, O
One is one, and all alone,
And ever more shall be so.

http://www.musicanet.org/robokopp/english/greengro.htm

 

Version found in Winston Graham’s The Twisted Sword, a fiction book written in 1815. This version is likely Cornish in origin:

Come and I will sing you
What will you sing O?
I will sing Twelve O.
What is your Twelve O?
Twelve are the Twelve Apostles
'Leven are the 'leven will go to Heaven
Ten are the Ten Commandments
Nine is the moonshine bright and clear
Eight are the Eight Archangels
Seven are the Seven Stars in the sky
Six the Cheerful Waiter
Five is the Ferryman in the boat
Four are the Gospel Praychers
Three of them are strangers
Two of them are Lilly-white babes
Clothed all in green-o
One of them is all alone and ever shall remain so.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Grow_the_Rushes,_O

 

Version from the American Ozark Mountains:

Come an' I will sing!
What will you sing?
I will sing of twelve.
What of the twelve?
Twelve of the twelve apostles,
'Leven of the saints that has gone to Heaven,
Ten of the ten commandments,
Nine of the sunshines bright an' fair,
Eight of the eight archangels,
Seven of the seven stars in the sky,
Six of the cheerful waiters,
Five of the ferrymen in the boat,
Four of the gospel preachers,
Three of them were strangers,
Two of the little white babes
Dressed in the mournin' green.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Grow_the_Rushes,_O

 

Jewish version:

Who knows thirteen?
I know thirteen.
Thirteen are the temperaments of God;
Twelve are the tribes of Israel;
Eleven are the stars of Joseph's dream;
Ten are the [Ten] Commandments;
Nine are the festivals;
Eight are the Lights of Hanukah;
Seven are the days of the week;
Six are the days of creation;
Five are the books of the Moses;
Four are the mothers of Israel;
Three are the Patriarchs;
Two are the tablets of the covenant;
One is our God, in heaven and on earth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echad_Mi_Yodea

 

Version given to Joe Bearwalker Wilson, founder of 1734 Witchcraft, one of the traditions I’m involved in, by his first teacher:

I’ll sing you Twelve-O
Green Grow the Rushes-O
What is your Twelve-O?
Green Grow The Rushes-O!
Twelve for the Wren in Ivy
Eleven Maidens in a Dance
Ten for The Lady’s Girdle
Nine for the Nine Bright Shiners
Eight for the April Rainers
Seven for the Stars of Heaven
Six for the Lady’s Bower
Five for the Symbol at my Door
Four for the Four Wind-Makers
Three, three the Rivals
Two, two, the Lily and the Rose
That shine both red and green-O.
One is One and All Alone,
And ever more shall be so!

I’ll sing you Thirteen-O
Green Grow the Rushes-O
What is your Thirteen-O?
(silence follows)

http://www.cyberwitch.com/Wychwood/Temple/songOfTheFaith.htm

 

Notes concerning my own practice in relation to these:

1 – “One is one and all alone and evermore shall be it so.” This to me is the Star Goddess, God Herself, in Feri, Night in Cochrane’s Basic Structure of the Craft, יהוה in Judaism/Kabbalah, the Tao in Taoism, God in Christianity, etc.

2 – “Two, two lily white boys, all dressed up in green and ho.” These to me are the Divine Twins, the Catalyst and Nexus, Yin and Yang, Cain and Abel, Romulus and Remus, the bright shining one and darkling one, the electron and neutrino from a split proton, etc.

3 – “Three, three, the rivals.” These to be are the Three Mothers, the Norns, the Fates, Shin, Aleph, and Mem, the Spinner, the Weaver, and the Cutter, etc. “The Tao begot one. One begot two. Two begot three. And three begot the ten thousand things.” In my practice, one wears red with a white veil, one wears white with a black veil, and one wears black with a red veil. Genii Cucullati. http://resourcesforhistory.com/Images/druids/cucullatus.jpg

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4 – “Four for the Gospel Makers.” Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John become a winged man, a winged lion, a winged bull, and an eagle. The Man maps to Aquarius, to Bride’s Day, or to Aquarius at height at Midnight, Lugh’s Day. The Lion is Leo, Lugh’s Day, or at height at Midnight on Bride’s Day. The Bull is Taurus, Beltaine, and at height at Midnight at Samhain. The eagle is a bit obscure, as the only eagle is Aquila, which is close to Capricorn, Sagittarius, and Aquarius, so unlikely. Scorpio makes more sense, but the connection with John is missing. Scorpio is Samhain, and is at height at midnight at Beltaine.

FFF,
~Muninn’s Kiss