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Merlin's Sleep

The Enchantment of Merlin

From:

www.donaldtyson.com/merlin.html

There are various accounts of Merlin's disappearance. The most popular states that Merlin was seduced and betrayed by a beautiful undine (water spirit) named Nimue, who first tricked Merlin into teaching her magic, then cast him into a magic sleep and imprisoned him, still alive, in a tomb of stone. Sometimes this temptress is described as a princess. She is called by different names in various accounts, such as Niniane and Vivian. Another story claims that Merlin was imprisoned by his spirit lover in a prison of air, where he remains invisible, but still able to see and hear everything that transpires around him, and even on occasion to speak to mortals. The prose romance Perceval states that Merlin retired from court life voluntarily and went into private retreat. Another story says that Merlin was imprisoned by his lover in a hawthorn bush.

 

Link to Bulfinch’s Mythology:

www.donaldtyson.com/merlin.html

 

Link to the Wikipedia article on Merlin

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merlin

 

Invocation to Nimue.

Nimue, Dark One, Lady of magic and enchantment,

From your home in the Forest of Broceliande, come to us.

Nimue, Light One, Lady of hawthorn and all blossoming trees,

From your home in the Forest of Broceliande, come to us.

Nimue, chooser of all prophets and seers,

From your home in the Forest of Broceliande, come to us.

Nimue, lover of all prophets and seers,

From your home in the Forest of Broceliande, come to us.

Nimue, who inspired the Wise One, be with us.

Nimue, who let him rest in his old age, be with us.

Nimue, who opened your hawthorn tree for him to sleep inside, be with us.

Merlin’s Enclosure, the Isles of Britain, calls out to you.

He has been asleep twice seven hundred years.

Nimue, open up your hawthorn tree once more.

Nimue, let him awake and emerge rejuvenated.

Nimue, kind one, grant us a seer.

Nimue, unrelenting one, give us inspiration.

 

© Daniel Cohen

www.decohen.com/poems/nimue.htm

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Taken on November 12, 2009