Thursday, October 3, 2019

Æppel Ūp

By Maister Colyne Stewart, October AS 54 (2019)

Talisman Bran’s[1] | at Brok’s Kaer[2] grows
The fruit of health[3] | so fulsome tree’d
Clíodna’s birds[4] | eat deep and full
Though locked the gates | of garden pure[5]
From poisons foul | it protects well[6]
In press is crushed | for cider, wine,
Ydromellum[7] | if done with sweets
So sought by bears | lo, binge we all!

Written in the Anglo-Saxon style to commemorate a day of apple picking and cider making at the farm of Joffr and Dubhessa.

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[1] A reference to ‘The Voyage of Bran,’ a medieval Irish tale.
[2] Kaer Brok is the name of their farm, and means “castle of the badger”.
[3] The Anglo-Saxon’s used the apple as a cure for many ailments.
[4] Clíodna is an Irish faerie, the queen of the banshees. She is attended by birds who are known to eat apples.
[5] The forbidden fruit in the biblical story of the Garden of Eden is often depicted as an apple.
[6] One of the many medicinal uses of the apple in Anglo-Saxon times was a cure for poison.
[7] A form of cider that is fermented with honey.