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The Green Man Resource Pages-Poetry and Song
Updated 05/28/03


"Have you seen,Jack-in-the-Green?
with his long tail,hanging down.
He quietly sits under every tree---
In the folds of his velvet gown.
He drinks from the empty acorn cup
the dew that dawn sweetly bestows.
And taps his cane upon the ground---
signals the snowdrops it's time to grow.

It's no fun being Jack-in-the-Green---
No place to dance, no time for song.
He wears the colours of the summer soldier---
carries the green flag all winter long.

Jack,do you never sleep---
does the green still run deep in your heart?
or will these changing times,
Motorways,powerlines,keep us apart?
Well,I don't think so---
I saw some grass growing through the pavement today.

The rowan,the oak and the holly tree
are the charges left for you to groom.
Each blade of grass wispers Jack-in-the green.
Oh Jack,please help me through my winter's night.
And we are the berries on the holly tree.
Oh,the mistlethrush is coming.
Jack,put out the light.

(JETHRO TULL:SONGS FROM THE WOOD ALBUM) Chrysalis Records


From the Poem "The Garden"

Out of these scatter'd Sibyl's Leaves
Strange Prophecies my Phancy weaves:
And in one History consumes,
Like Mexique Paintings,all the Plumes.
What Rome,Greece,Palestine,ere said
I in this Light Mosaick read.
Thrice happy he who, not mistook,
Hath read in Natures mystick Book,
And see how Chance's better Wit
Could with a Mask my studies hit!
The Oak-Leaves me embroyder all,
Between them Catepillars crawl
And Ivy, with familliar trails,
Me licks,and clasps,and curles,and hales.
Under this antick Cope I move
Like some great Prelate of the Grove.

Andrew Marvell


To Also Read...

The Poem:The Green Man by William Anderson

Much of the material quoted on this page is from the book
"The Green Man" by William Anderson/Photography by Clive Hicks
HarperSanFrancisco 1990 ISBN:0005992559
From "Greenman" on the Apple VenusAlbum by XTC:1999
Please to bend down for the one called the Greenman
He wants to make you his bride
Please to bend down for the one called the Greenman
Forever to him you're tied
And you know for a million years he has been your lover
He'll be a million more
And you know for a million years he has been your lover
Down through the skin to the core
Heed the Greenman
Heed the Greenman
Please to dance round for the one called the Greenman
He wants to make you his child
Please to dance round for the one called the Greenman
Dressed in the fruits of the wild
And you know for a million years he has been your father
He'll be a million more
And you know for a million years he has been your father
Run to his arms at the door
Lay your head, lay your head, lay your head, lay your head on the Greenman
Lay your head, lay your head with mine
Lay your head, lay your head, lay your head, lay your head on the Greenman
Build a bed out of oak and pine
See the Greenman blow his kiss from high church wall
And unknowing church will amplify his call

Andy Partridge




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