He Will Guide The Dead Back Home

For Gwyn ap Nudd

There’s a sea behind a river,
behind a brook, behind a stream,
and when the stars within it gather
He will guide the dead back home.

There’s an ocean in the cauldron
where the stars began to burn
and as our candlelight grows dimmer
He will guide the dead back home.

His is an infinite vocation
in those dark and starry seas
and when the stars depart their stations
He will guide the dead back home.

When the seas are black and bloody
and the stars are but black holes
all souls to Him He’ll gather –
He will guide the dead back home.

When the cauldron’s but a memory,
seas and stars are but a dream,
all souls in Him He’ll gather –
He will guide the dead back home.

This poem appears in the later part of my book-in-progress ‘In the Deep’ and was written by Maponos/Mabon for Vindos/Gwyn ap Nudd. 

It felt fitting I share it tonight, on Nos Galan Gaeaf, as a way of honouring Gwyn as He rides out with His hunt to gather the souls of the dead.

In the background are my doorway to Annwn and photographs of my ancestors.

5 thoughts on “He Will Guide The Dead Back Home

  1. phil says:

    Hi , been following for a while , great content ,
    My question is what information , lore , real or legend of Martin Mere , which was once the the largest fresh water lake in England
    The reason i ask , i am a local historian and archaeologist and have been studying Athurian legends and myths of Lancashire , which are many ,
    However , due to the recent discovery of a totally unknown Roman Fort and settlement which would literally been on the banks of the vast ancient Martin Mere gives them myths and legends some historical fact … my research could turn what we know of the Arthurian legend on its head ..
    with regards
    phil oldham

  2. Dave says:

    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself through your work.
    I hope to commit myself further via the set of vows you have set out re Gwyn ap Nudd as part of your monastic gathering.

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