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the zen of mud

music for peace and reflection


The Water Is Wide - We Are As One                              The Moat at Leed's Castle

The water is wide, I cannot get o'er                                Here sit I upon the moat
For neither have I wings to fly                                        See the swans go by
Give me a boat that can carry two                                  O'er the bridge at Leed's
And both shall row, my love and I.                                  Watch the seasons fly

A ship there is and she sails the sea                              In the heart of Maidstone
She's loaded deep, as deep can be                               Rustling of spring
But not so deep as the love I'm in.                                 Rains fall gently on the land
I know not if I sink or swim.                                            Blooms to flowers bring.

Oh, love be handsome, love be kind                             And good Queen Eleanor is gone
My love is strong in soul and mind.                               My heart is broke in two
And love grows stronger through the years,                 Though Edward's gone as well
It conquers all through smiles and tears.                      I stay and sky's no longer blue
                                                                                              Love was found in every room
Now time has passed and love did prove                     and in chapel prayer
So many mountains he did move                                   And so each day i go and pray
To be with me in setting sun                                           Bid you find me there.
Together now, we are as one.
                                                                                            The heat of summer melts to fall
Oh, the water is wide, we can get o'er.                         The harvest comin' in
For now we have both wings to fly                                Soon the winter winds will blow
We'll share a boat that can carry two                            Freeze my linen thin.
And both shall row, my love and I.                                And I shall dream of summer
And both shall row, my love and I.                                When breezes blow so warm
                                                                                           Turn the world again to green and
                                                                                            I am happy home.

Original 2 stanzas, Anonymous, 1600's
Additional lyrics, Rebecca Harper, 2011                       © 2011 Rebecca Harper