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This strong song by Gwydion Pendderwen is a celebration of the power and spirit of the Pagan community. Pendderwen was a key figure in the Pagan revival of the 1970s and 1980s; he was a student of witchcraft, co-founder of the ecological foundation Forever Forests, and also a talented song-writer. Andrew Adams, founding director of the Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir in Denver, has created a defiant and driving arrangement of We won't wait any longer. Sopranos carry the tune, supported by various rhythmic motifs based on the exclamations “No, no, no!” and “We won't wait!” A gospel-style repeating section heralds the end of the song.
The recording is by the Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir, Denver, Colorado.
We won’t wait any longer, We are stronger than before. We won’t wait any longer, We are stronger.
We have trusted no-one’s promise, We have kept to just ourselves; We have suffered from the lies In all the books upon your shelves. And our patience and endurance Through the Burning Times and now Have given us the strength To keep our vow.
You have grazed away the heather And have razed the sacred grove; You have driven native peoples From the places that they love. Though your greed has been unbounded, You have felt the pangs of shame Ev’ry time you trod Upon the Mother’s name.
Though you thought you had destroyed The mem’ry of the Ancient Way, Still the people light the bale fires Ev’ry year on solstice day, And on Beltane Eve and Samhain You can find us on the hill Invoking once again The Triple Will.
Through the ages many races Have risen and have gone, But dispersed among the nations Of the world, we linger on. Now the time has come to take The sacred Cauldron of Rebirth, And fulfil our ancient Pledges to the Earth.
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