"Anthem" by Leonard Cohen

"The birds they sang at the break of day
Start again, I heard them say
Don't dwell on what has passed away
or what has yet to be...

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in"

Friday, January 1, 2016

Melrose Abbey View

View to the Eildon Hills
(photo taken by Beth Kotkin, 8/2004)

From high on the roof of Melrose Abbey, statues remain that were not destroyed by the zealotry of the Scottish reformation. You can look out over some of the gardens. The Eildon Hills are in the backround.

These three hills were home to Celtic worship for many years. Fires burned from their three peaks during the high holidays of the wheel of the Celtic year.

When the Romans invaded, they built the fort known as "trimonitum" (or three hills) near here.

It is also said that King Arthur and his men still slumber in a cave in these hills. According to a tale told in the Borders, Thomas the Rhymer appeared to a horse-dealer and showed him a secret cave in the Eildon hills where King Arthur's army of ancient ghostly warriors lay sleeping. The horse dealer blew a horn to wake the army, but he ran in fright before blowing the second blast on the horn that would have brought them out of the cave.

So there they remain, still waiting in slumber and exile here to come to the aid of their descendants.

Or so says the legend.

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