And it’s not CA or NY
Elen of the Way” (to the tune of “Greensleeves”)
Oh Mistress of the wild green woods
Oh Lady of the old straight track
You have been hidden for so long
Tonight we call you to come back!
Green Lady, hear our song
GreenWoman, join in our dance
Star of Elen, shine on us
We seek the way of Elen
Oh Empress of the Crossroads
Shamanka of the Reindeer
We haven’t seen you for so long
Tonight we call you to come near!
Oh Venus of the British Isles
Oh Lady Sovereignity
Elen shining gossamer
Reveal to us your mystery!
Guitar solo for the 4th verse
Green Lady is all our joy
Greenwoman is our delight
Green Elen our anthem sweet
And who but the Lady Elen
Last week my wonderful friend S told me about The Lesbian Rule. Not what you’re thinking! And yet something of great philosophical interest, and with a name we should all be using! It was apparently a nifty device developed on Lesbos.
From Wikipedia (but trust it– S knows his Aristotle, and it’s just what he said!):
A lesbian rule was historically a flexible mason’s rule made of lead that could be bent to the curves of a molding, and used to measure or reproduce irregular curves.
The rule is alluded to by Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics (bk V, ch. 10) as a metaphor for the importance of flexibility in equitable justice: “For what is itself indefinite can only be measured by an indefinite standard, like the leaden rule used by Lesbian builders; just as that rule is not rigid but can be bent to the shape of the stone…
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