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'Snowdrop, Snowdrop': A Magical Little Children's Song for Imbolc

As its alternate name, Candlemas Bells, would suggest, the snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis, "milk-flower of the snows") is the floral signature of the festival of Imbolc.

Check out 'Snowdrop, Snowdrop,' a charming (and magical) little song by the prolific and thoroughly unpretentious writer of children's songs, Dany Rosevear. Of such humble fieldstones is the temple of modern pagan culture built.

Of course, I've been unable to resist tampering with the lyrics.

Just a little.


Snowdrop, Snowdrop


Snowdrop, snowdrop, little drop of snow:

what will you do when the cold wind blows?

I'll hide my little head and say:

cold wind, cold wind, go away.


Snowdrop, snowdrop, dressed in green and white:

what will you do when the Sun shines bright?

I'll ring my little bell and sing:

Ding-a-ling, ring-a-ling, here comes Spring.


You may also want to check out 'Snowdrop,' a traditional Appalachian tune here played on the clawhammer banjo. Let me just mention that, in the old days, banjo heads used to be made from the skin of the groundhog (Marmota monax), Imbolc's animal mascot.

And 'round the Wheel doth turn.














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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


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