The Sorrow of the Elves

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Jennifer Ellison

Arafel is an elf -- the main character in the books The Dreamstone and The Tree of Swords and Jewels by C.J. Cherryh. Mercedes Lackey (lyrics) and Leslie Fish (music) wrote a wonderful song about Arafel, called Arafel's Lament. ... it is from that song that  inspired my picture. Arafel's Lament The sorrow of the elves is they live beyond their time-- The tree of swords and jewels waits for me --Until the world forgets them save in tales and rhyme-- When shall I hang my own upon the tree --The sorrow of the elves is that all they love must die-- The tree of swords and jewels waits for me --Time withers all around them yet the elves it passes by-- When shall I hang my own upon the tree --The sorrow of the elves is they dare not touch a friend-- The tree of swords and jewels waits for me --For touching brings a change that magic cannot mend-- When shall I hang my own upon the tree --The sorrow of the elves made them seek another place-- The tree of swords and jewels waits for me --And I alone remain the last of my lost race-- When shall I hang my own upon the tree --Now I alone remain to mourn and count the cost-- The tree of swords and jewels waits for me --Of every leaf that fades and every flower lost-- When shall I hang my own upon the tree --Yes I alone remain to hold the land that magic made-- The tree of swords and jewels waits for me --I can't hold back the dark and daily see it fade-- When shall I hang my own upon the tree --The sorrow now is mine who harms when I would heal-- The tree of swords and jewels waits for me --And how long must I bear the stamp of sorrow's seal-- When shall I hang my own upon the tree ---- The tree of swords and jewels --  


Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy



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