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Monday, 25 June 2007
Not really.
But let's start with my title and my shop name, shall we?
Or how about we start with insomnia~ a new treat for me!
It is 1:16 am.
Shop name.
Rowan is obvious (and her name was chosen for its cool roots in the folklore of the British Isles as well as Scandinavia~ where the rowan is a tree of protection and deep significance ~ it helped that 'Rowan' was also the name of the little girl in 'The Wicker Man' ~original version, for reference, of course~ which convinced Andy. And I like trees! It was just her name, no question.).
But 'Beneath the Rowan Tree' is a line from a (very maudlin/ romantic/ sad) Canadian poem entitled 'The Rowan Tree' by Isabella Crawford Valancy (1850-1887)
O WHEN the bonnie moon is fair,
An' clear the loch like siller spread,
An' heather-sweet the gloamin' air,
An' like a star thy flaxen head,
Why dost thou, Mary, make thy maen,
An' lean thy white brow on thy knee?
Why drop thy tears on heath an' stane,
Beneath the wavin' rowan tree?

There was a time when up the brae
Thy foot, licht as the roebuck's, sprang;
Thy bonnie een ne'er turned away,
Thy voice a gleesome welcome rang.
Thy lily hands why dost thou wring,
Nor turn to smile an' gaze on me,
When straight as lavrock's skyward wing
I seek the wavin' rowan tree?
There you have it. A wee taste, anyway, and that is probably enough to have you wiping a tear or twa from yer bonnie een, no?


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