No 85GR

The Green Man
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The Llandaff Green Man's Song.

By Lisbeth David.

Clarke he carved me, Pritchard placed me;
Neither birds nor bomb defaced me,
Later builders left no mention
Bringing me to your attention.

Nicholson began the story
Of the final post-war glory:
Pace achieved it. In succession
Buttress joined the great procession.

All the time, alert and knowing,
I could see them come and going.
None saw me, but now I choose

To be discovered. Who needs clues?

See catalogue No. 82.

The Green Man of Worcester Cathedral Cloisters.

Medieval Jesse Carol (Unknown author)

Jesse was a Green man

From him King David sprung.

Jesse grew a heart-tree

Upon which Jesus hung.

 

Never any Green Man

But Jesse at the root

Planted such a man-seed

That cropped out such a fruit

On Jesse's Green Man tree

Sweet Mary was the pod,

For us the fruit is joy,

And all the work of God

 

So blessing on this day,

And blessing on this tree,

And may God bless of all

Our brave Green Man Jesse.

See catalogue No. 83.

The second Green Man of Worcester Cathedral Cloisters.

See catalogue No.84

The other Green man at Woodchester Park Mansion.

Excerpt from a tale by Christopher Jersan
Reproduced with his kind permission

......When the Green Man spoke, it seemed as if the whole world spoke with him. Beneath his words, you might swear you heard the dry whispers of tall, rustling grasses, or perhaps the curious watery plopping noises of a young, swift creek lapping its shores, or sometimes the quiet rumble of early thunder in a developing storm. Even the very stones in the Cathedral walls seemed to echo what he said. His voice was quietly strong, like the sound of trees swaying in a Spring breeze—a sound that often can go undetected in the background, until you consciously take a moment to notice it; and when you do, you discover that it is surprisingly powerful.

The Green Man was very old. Most of the people in the neighbourhood said that he was the oldest resident by far, although nobody could tell you just how old he was, or when he had moved into the Cathedral. Some people said that he hadn’t moved into the Cathedral at all, but had lived on the site now occupied by the Cathedral well before it had been built. According to those people, the Green Man hadn’t chosen to live in the Cathedral; the builders of the Cathedral, rather, had chosen to build the Cathedral in the Green Man’s home. This type of thinking was far too serious for most of the neighbourhood’s residents, however, so most of them agreed that the Green Man was pretty much older than everyone they knew, and they were content to leave it at that.

See catalogue No.88.

The Green Man of Gloucester Cathedral.

See catalogue No.74.

The Green Lion of Canterbury Cathedral.

Nobody was quite sure about who or what the Green Man was, either. Enveloped as he was in twisting branches and foliage, it was exceptionally difficult to get a good look at him, no matter how hard you tried. It was as if he always was slightly out of focus, and if you attempted to visually wrestle his image into focus, he only would seem to withdraw further into the surrounding greenery. Some said that long ago he had taken on his current appearance, wrapping himself in leaves and branches of acanthus and oak, out of respect for the age-old, life-giving forces of nature. Others, usually the more simple folk like the farmers, said in quiet, solemn tones that the Green Man was, in fact, the age-old, life-giving forces of nature ......

Green Man by J.E.Appledam

Green Man with his human face
speaks silently through leaves
of green wildness and life.
He lives beyond all memory
before our time and race
belonging to a world
that we can only borrow. 


Though the chisel of man's own hand
released this messenger of green
from timeless, silent stone
the cold still heart
of a vibrant land,
we never stopped to listen.
Shall we take heed tomorrow?

A Green Man in rustic retirement! (See No. 94).


If you would like to find out more about Green Men the following books will be of great interest. Please note that we can't supply books.

Green Man: The Archetype of our Oneness with the Earth. Authors: William Anderson and Clive Hicks. Published by Harper Collins. 1990. ISBN 0-00-599255-9 (pbk), 0-00-599252-4 (cased).
The Green Man: A Field Guide. Author, Clive Hicks. Published by Compass Books. 2000. ISBN 0-9517038-2-X (pbk).
A Little Book Of The Green Man. Author, Mike Harding. Published by Aurum Press Ltd. 1998. ISBN 1 85410 563 9

 

Specially gilt version of No. 26.

Email us Specially gilt version of No.26.

No.40 with custom finish.

 

 


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