Vindolanda

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Near Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman site of Vindolanda both pre-dated and post-dated the wall itself. The museum is a treat, and this ring was my personal favourite.

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Because her fingers were so small it was a tiny golden band
It must have taken half his pay to put the ring upon her hand
The maker tried with all his skill to write the words that he was told
And now it shines across the years, the words carven into gold
Anima mea, anima mea, anima mea – it means my soul.

They must have been living there, near that windy northern wall
Who they were we’ll never know, if it was their home at all
A craftsman or a merchant or a soldier on patrol
But now it shines across the years, the words carven into gold.
Anima mea, anima mea, anima mea—it means my soul.

Did the ring slip from her finger one day as she worked at home
Or did she lose it in the luggage as they packed to go to Rome
Was it still a sign of love or had the passion long gone cold
Although it shines across the years, the words carven into gold.
Anima mea, anima mea, anima mea—it means my soul.

On my finger there’s a ring, put there on our wedding day
A symbol worked into the gold, saying all we need to say
I look at this museum piece, lying there alone and old
And it shines across the years, words carven into gold
And suddenly a door through time opens, tears come to my eyes
Instead of archaeology there’s love fresh with each sun rise
In another thousand years will someone find my wedding ring
See the way it’s been engraved and hear the love between us sing.
Anima mea, anima mea, anima mea—it means my soul.

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from Astrolabe, released December 28, 2019
Mary Mc Laughlin - harmonies. Steafan Hannigan - whistles.

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Anne Lister Wales, UK

Anne is best known for her song "Icarus", recorded and performed by a number of different singers, including Martin Simpson and Nic Jones. "Astrolabe" is her ninth solo album.

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