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The Mermaid of Zennor

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In 2014 singer/songwriter Martha Tilston released her album The Sea featuring the song "Mermaid of Zennor". To the left of the south porch is a plaque to John Davey (d. 1891) said to be the last person to have a real working knowledge of the Cornish language. Natives of Mousehole, on the south coast, may like to point out that Dolly Pentreath (d. 1777), who is buried at Paul church just outside Mousehole, was the last person to speak Cornish as her native language, but let's not split hairs! The church was dedicated to St. Senara, and Zennor is believed to be named after the St. Senara as well, and Senara is a Cornish name that meant light.

The mermaid of Zennor is a bit of a local legend. The story goes that a long time ago, a beautiful but mysterious lady started to turn up to the services being held at the church in Zennor. Her hair and her voice was a thing of beauty, and it seemed like she loved the voice of the singers in the church and took a special liking to one of them. saw the premier of "The Mermaid of Zennor" by Philip Harper, a work for brass band. [19] Commissioned for the Cornwall Youth Brass Band, it was chosen for the National Brass Band Championship regionals in the same year (second section). [20] V. Watkins, Affinities, London: Faber and Faber, 1962. See http://literaryballadarchive.com/PDF/Watkinson_Mermaid _of_Z_f.pdf It’s also said that the mermaid was seen several years later by a fisherman, who had inadvertently dropped anchor in front of the door to her house. Not being able to return to Matthew and her children, she wasn’t best pleased. Raising her right hand she swore the harbour would be from that day forth desolate, and always will be.The legend of the fish-tailed beauty stems from a piece of furniture in the church. The Mermaid’s Chair, which is thought to be over 600 years old, features a carving of a mermaid holding a mirror and a comb. Although it was as quiet as a whisper Mathew stopped and turned - Morveren's eyes were shining, and the net had slipped from her head and her hair was wet and gleaming - It was love at first sight. Five or six times this unknown lady came to Zennor church, always on a fine day, and always she sat far apart from the congregation, watching Mathy and listening to every note he sang. Her eyes seemed to look right through him, and her gaze somehow reminded him of the dim light in caves under sea. He determined that somehow he would find out who she was.

One Sunday morning a vessel cast anchor about a mile from Pendower Cove; soon after a mermaid came close alongside and hailed the ship. Rising out of the water as far as her waist, with her yellow hair floating around her, she told the captain that she was returning from church, and requested him to trip his anchor just for a minute, as the fluke of it rested on the door of her dwelling, and she was anxious to get in to her children. N.B. Dennys, The folk-lore of China, and its affinities with that of the Aryan Semitic races [electronic resource], London: Trübner, 1876, p. 115, ttps://archive.org/details/folkloreofchinai00denn [last accessed 18 February 2020]

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Mysterious means something has a lot of mystery, people don’t know much about it. For example, Stonehenge in the UK is a mysterious place, because we don’t know why it was made. Many people have theories about why Stonehenge was made, but it is still mysterious. The captain looked more closely and saw that, under the water, it was not a person at all. They had a tail! It had to be a mermaid. I am Ariel Goodbody, your host for this show. Today’s story is for pre-intermediate learners. The name of the story is The Mermaid of Zennor. You can find a transcript of the episode at EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Zennor. That’s EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Zennor. This contains the full story, as well as my conversation before it. In Bottrell’s An Vorvoren a Senar (that’s The Mermaid of Zennor in Cornish if you hadn’t already translated / worked it out) a choir boy and local squire’s son called Matthew Trewhella would sing in St Senara’s church every Sunday. A variety of fish-tailed gods were worshipped by the first civilisations of the Middle East. The earliest known of these was Oannes, Lord of the Waters, who appeared some 7000 years ago. There are also fish-tailed gods in one form or another found in the legends and beliefs of countries as diverse as India, China, Japan and Greece.

The Mermaid of Zennor is a poem by Charles Causley, published (with further content about the legend) in a book of the same or a similar title -- some early editions are called 'The Merrymaid of Zennor'. It is illustrated by Michael Foreman; [10]Do you want more conversational material to listen to in English? Do you want to find out all about my personal life and opinions? Do you want to learn authentic words and slang that British people use in everyday life? The 600-year-old Mermaid Chair in St Senara's Church in Zennor (Image: August Schwerdfeger / Wikipedia Commons) The legend is linked to St. Senara in Sue Monk Kidd's The Mermaid Chair, [12] which was adapted into a movie in 2006. [13] So Cornish pasties are like a kind of pie that you can carry. They’re bigger than empanadas and smaller than calzones, but like a calzone, a Cornish pasty can be an entire meal. So it’s kind of like a pie that you can carry around like a sandwich, and any Cornish person will tell you, any person from Cornwall will tell you, that you really have to go to Cornwall to get the best Cornish pasties, even though they are sold throughout the country.



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