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Thanksgiving shadow 2011




Exagesis: On October 25, 1991, six years before I discovered that I was Hildegard, the spirit of a dark haired woman for whom I felt great love came to me and sang a little song with the words and melody that are now the refrain of "The Ballad of Jakob and Jane Leade". I got that she was from the 1600’s England and had been with the Quakers, neither of which I knew much about; I only knew that I loved her poetry which I deeply understood. I felt so close to her, as we shared this sense of burning our light in a darkness to which we needed to feel grateful for the opportunity of self-definition, so that in some future our courage might become well-rewarded. With later research I felt validated to find that the language was consistent with the Quaker usage of thee and thine which was archaic even for the time, but I was sad to discover that Quakers weren’t really into song, being big on silent group meditation. I felt like this woman missed music when she was with the Quakers and so had to leave them. Recently, when I presented the song to a linguist friend who is a Quaker I became suddenly embarrassed to realize that the final thee is an improper nominative which should technically be thou. He was quick and sweet to say this proves the spirit was real, since that is exactly how the Quakers misuse thee as well.
(to be continued...)
The Ballad of Jakob and Jane Leade
a mysterious love song...

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5 Christian mystics who experienced the divine feminine wisdom of God (Sophiology)
Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – Sept 17, 1179) Germany
Jakob Boehme (~April 24, 1575 – November 17, 1624) Germany
Jane Ward Leade (March 1624 – August 19, 1704) England
Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov (January 28, 1853 – August 13, 1900) Russia
Anna Nikolaevna Schmidt (1851 - 1905) Russia

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"The Ballad of Jakob and Jane Leade"

by Carl Johann Schroeder, refrain October 25, 1991, verses August 21, 2011

Burn fire, burn bright
In thy space given thee by night.
Self to illumine and recall
When thee joins thy brighter all.

verses:

How could she have known
the calling of her own soul?
Born before she was born
writing words to make her whole.

At the Christmas dance
teen Jane fell into a trance.
“Cease from this, I have for you
another dance to make you true.”

(refrain)

Died the year that she was born,
Jakob suffered hard and long
to write the words that set her free
and make her friends in Germany.

Neither could have fully known
the seeds that Hildegard had sown.
Christ Sophia, Jakob sighs
“Now I go to Paradise.”

(refrain)

    In the thrall of Her love
born Vladimir Solovyov.
The woman clothed in the sun
would appear the final One.

Anna Schmidt, what have we done?
Cosmic love should be more fun!
The evil of the coming years
made a man to die of fears.

(refrain)

Here I welcome your New World,
Jane your banner is unfurled!
In my heart if not your time,
in your tune if not your rhyme.

The Universal Salvation
you gave to Jakob shall be won
by long paths and degrees.
Blind women see for centuries.

(refrain)



"The Ballad of Jakob and Jane Leade"

by Carl Johann Schroeder

A    A     E    D  A
Burn fire, burn bright
D      G           A    G  G  D
In thy space given thee by night.
D         A      D      A E
Self to illumine and recall
A    E    D     A   D    G   A
When thee joins thy brighter all.


verses:

A
How could she have known
    D                  A
the calling of her own soul?
A
Born before she was born
E                         A 
writing words to make her whole.


A
At the Christmas dance
D                     A
teen Jane fell into a trance.
A
“Cease from this, I have for you
 E                        A
another dance to make you true.”

(refrain)

A
Died the year that she was born,
D                       A   
Jakob suffered hard and long
A
to write the words that set her free
    E                        A      
and make her friends in Germany.

A
Neither could have fully known
    D                        A 
the seeds that Hildegard had sown.
A
Christ Sophia, Jakob sighs
E                A  
“Now I go to Paradise.”

(refrain)
A
In the thrall of Her love
     D              A   
born Vladimir Solovyov.
A  
The woman clothed in the sun
E                      A    
would appear the final One.

A                                
Anna Schmidt, what have we done?
D                          A  
Cosmic love should be more fun!
A   
The evil of the coming years
E                    A  
made a man to die of fears.

(refrain)

A
Here I welcome your New World,
D                     A
Jane your banner is unfurled!
A
In my heart if not your time,
E                        A
in your tune if not your rhyme.

A
The Universal Salvation
    D                      A
you gave to Jakob shall be won
A
by long paths and degrees.
      E                  A
Blind women see for centuries.

(refrain)




"The Ballad of Jakob and Jane Leade" lyrics and music by Carl Johann Schroeder, August 21 2011 - copyright 2011, all rights reserved, when credited and not altered then permission is granted for public performance and free distribution of text to that end, no resale or commercial rights implied, contact author for further details. In other words, in the spirit of a good protest song, sing it loud, pass it on!

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