Plough Monday

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The ancient, traditional towing of a plough around a rural community in January seems to parallel the blessing of crops at Rogationtide in the summer, in that both suggest a religio-magical act of circumambulation. These ploughs were often stationed in local churches where special ‘plough light’ candles burnt for them. The tradition of the plough light was extinguished by the Reformation.

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Now to tow the plough
Now to tow the plough
Round the fields we go
Round bare fields we go

Now to pull our plough
Now to pull our plough
Round the town we go
Round the town we go

Plough Monday comes around
Plough Monday comes around
Bless our ancient rite
Bless the candle bright

Through the wind & snow
Through the hail & rain
Give us what you may
To speed the plough we pray

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from To Speed The Plough, released August 31, 2015
Words & music by Ric Kemper.

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