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Thread #141997   Message #3270439
Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
08-Dec-11 - 09:32 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Pendle Witches. Cottage found?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Pendle Witches. Cottage found?
Ron Baxter's written several songs around the subject of the Pendle Witches which we've performed as part of DEMDYKE! featured at the Fylde Festival in 2009 & 2010. There is a Myspace Page extant (if you can get it to work): http://www.myspace.com/demdyke which includes The Witches Justification - a rare Baxter setting of a Baxter lyic, sung to the tune of The Owl.


The Witch's Justification

Counting their silver, gathering their thithes,
Christ's charity to us denied;
Rector and warden, they passed us by -
They did not care if we lived or we died.
And so to him who from heaven did fall
On him we called -

There high upon Pendle we made our vow,
He held us then and he holds us now;
Holds, holds, holds, holds!
The Lord of Hell our souls doth hold.
Out of despair and for hope of gold -
He's gathered us into his fold.


Though with him our pact we made,
By Lord Satan we've been betrayed!
Soon our bodies will lie in their graves,
And of hell's fires we're sore afraid!
So unto Him who died for us all,
on Him we call!

Fast in this prison condemned to die,
Oh sweet Jesus please hear our cry;
Hear, hear, hear, hear!
Friend of the friendless our prayer hear!
Now penitent we call upon Him -
Oh, Lord of All, forgive us our sins!

Ron Baxter


For the 400th anniversary we'll be doing a special show at Fylde 2012 devoted to the Pendle story and related 'folklore'.