Karelia’s Song, by David “Iolo” Watson. Lyrics
Now the Baron of Eastmarch’s fair sorcerous daughter
was enamored unseemly with the fool of her lord.
Though her Duke was deemed handsome, he’d a soul vain and petty
and a dark mind as empty as last summer’s gourd.
And the fool he was clever and he sang for the lady
like a nightingale piping in a deep forest grove.
But his station was lowly and his body was ageing
and their love was as hopeless as if he was stone.
So the lady has led them, the fool and her husband
to her cool secret garden by the midsummer’s moon.
And she’s danced them a spell there of shifting and changing
and left them dumbfounded by sorcery’s boon.
She has left a fool crying to the gods of his fathers.
She has led her duke laughing to her high chamber door.
And she’s kept him there softly, through two days bright dawnings
while her servants all gossiped in wonder and awe.
So the fool died in madness, saying he was ensorcelled
and the duke only smiled him a sad secret smile.
Now her duke rules his people with wit and good humor
and he sings for his lady like the nightingale’s song.
And she’s borne him five children, two sons and three daughters
and they’ve grown straight and handsome, and sorcerous all.
And they dance in the garden and they sing in the moonlight,
like nightingales piping in green forest halls.
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