Re: Green Grow the Rushes Ho

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Posted by Dave on April 07, 2003 at 14:36:28:

In Reply to: Re: Green Grow the Rushes Ho posted by Marilyn on April 04, 2002 at 07:24:20:

No, I don't know all of the meanings but have at least on that is not well known. Most of the lyrics are derived from the Bible, but the origin of the song was a tempo keeping song used by the part of the British Army. It used to be very popular in Scouting as well so I believe Baden-Powell introduced it as the first regiment he was in during his military career was nick-named "The Lily-Whites". Probably the name makes reference to Cain & Abel, (pre-problems), as they were primarilly Army Scouts and would be the first on the scene.
I was told that the symbols at your door referred to the people of Isreal marking there door frames so they would be spared when God smote the Egyptians. But... as far as I can tell they just put blood, not in any particular symbol, on the two posts & the lintel, so why a five, I don't know.

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