4. Midwinter Spring
Daeron for Lúthien, forsaking Doriath, searching for her in Eriador
Once you danced. Amid the seasons you were dancing alone. You stood in the frosted valley but in your eyes it was abloom. Your feet touched the watery earth, above the tides of time. The gold-leafed autumn lived with the fresh spring, contour in contour, in your step. The inveterate morning travelled in your grace. In Doriath you danced to my song, and like the niphredil my words sprang from the earth. They fled from me like a breath. They returned to me, visions of your flashing arms that sped the snowy glens into green. Translucent, and vast, in Doriath that is lost beyond the mountains.
But now the light fractures on my words. The stars are cold and broken. The dawn laps on barren lands and subsides my joy. The winter has eaten away all the greenness from the land. And neither high nor infinite is my soul, that looks for you everywhere. But nowhere are you. Oh Lúthien! I remember so much. On each strand of my scattered hair I can count them: when in midwinter the wind moans in the peaks and wallows in the plains I can almost hear in its sound the sweet notes of spring. Ah, Lúthien. Such is the false spring of your memories.
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