The fair-haired Cornish harper whose hands held steel and string?
And Ireland's greatest treasure, borne like Helen 'cross the water
While the waves approaching bowed before her beauty?
Placed the cup of love's sweet poison to unconsenting lips
And as plank fell home to timber and the king beheld his lady
Carols rang within the church and seagulls screamed.
Unfulfilled and ever straining like lodestones to the north
But few will ever mention how the cold breath of the Northlands
Let them lie at last as one without deceit
He took ship to far Bretagne, half-hearted and bereft
He cast aside his music, cut the strings which brought him joy
And took solace in the fury of the field.
As the Cornishman did battle with demons in and out
In singing sword and thunder, Tristan vainly sought distraction
Yet she whispered in the silence of the slain
Fairest Blanchmaine of the Bretons was given for his wife
But Blanchmaine knew no pleasure from her cold and grieving husband
For the marble face of memory was his bride
And the basest of all creatures can bring the highest low
Two poisons coursed within him, and none could be his saviour
But the healing arts of Ireland and Isolt.
With tender words entreating for mercy and for grace
If his love no longer moved her, hoist the black into the rigging
But if white brought them together, he would wait.
And the words of his delusions brought hidden love to light,
While the woman he had married but to whom he'd given nothing
Sat her long and jealous vigil by his side.
Like Christ's own victory banner, it flew toward the shore
It was white as angels' raiments, but when feebly he begged her,
Fairest Blanchmaine softly told him, "'Tis of night."
And the bells began their tolling as Isolt ran up the strand.
The wind grew slow and silent as she wept upon her lover,
And in gentleness it took her grief away.
Even yet, they were divided by the morals of the world
But their spirits spiraled upwards, Ireland's briar and Cornwall's rose,
And together at the last, they lay entwined.
- Lady of the Lake
- As I Am
- May Queen
- Mordred's Lullaby
- Culhwch and Olwen
- The Prywden Sails Again
- Tristran and Isolt
- Lily Maid
- Crashing Down
- The Trial of Lancelot
- War Between Brothers
- Measure of Man
- Miles To Go
- Tarnished Silver
- Three Queens
- Hawthorn Tree
- 1. Mordred's Lullaby
- 2. Joan
- 3. The Trial of Lancelot
- 4. Stone Soup
- 5. Lady of the Lake
- 6. Black Fox
- 7. King of All Trades
- 8. White Rose
- 9. Kingsword
- 10. Pierre and Marianne