Coming of Benu

In medieval times the falcon mythos,
which included ravens, falcons and owls
were extensions of the ancient myths of Benu —
spirit guide companion of the Phoenix,
who nurtured the spirit of creativity
during the rebirth cycle.

It was believed that knights fallen in battle
would have their souls guided back to their homes,
by the falcon of passion’s song.

The song “The Falcon” written in the 12th century,
is still part of the Benedictine “Liturgy of the Hours” —
and I sang it in Bardic competion years ago.

It was from this song that I took my title …

and I sing it again this day

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Falcon anonymous 12th century

Lully, lulley! Lully, lulley!
The faucon hath borne my make away!

He bare him up, he bare him down,
He bare him into an orchard brown.

In that orchard there was an halle,
That was hang`ed with purple and pall.

And in that hall there was a bed,
It was hang`ed with gold sa red.

And in that bed there li’th a knight,
His wound`es bleeding day and night.

At that bed’s foot there li’th a hound,
Licking the blood as it runs down.

By that bed-side kneeleth a may,
And she weepeth both night and day.

And at that bed’s head standeth a stone,
Corpus Christi written thereon.

Lully, lulley! Lully, lulley!
The faucon hath borne my make away.


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Male, 62 - owner of an eclectic retreat center called Sakin'el in Knoxville, TN. Author of many books listed on

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