1. Two Sonnets
Two poems for Daeron:
One for his joy and youth in Doriath, and one for his exile in Eriador, having betrayed Lúthien.
Did ever sing the yellow-throated lark
So like the stars and tender stream of night?
For there beneath the elder-bowers dark
Sweet limbs of her that pluck from light to light
Such hues to band her long and living hair--
That stars upon her locks like water lay.
And words shall bloom beneath the hemlocks fair
Their will my lyre-strings and lips obey:
Like vowelléd music falling quick and oft
With woodnotes wild that minds cannot command.
They follow her, whose hallowed footfalls soft
Do touch like breaths upon the eager land.
O Doriath, a splendid ever-spring,
That flowers forth when nightingales do sing!
The twilit hours turn silver fast; a stark
And fallow sky. And pale discordant rains:
Rage! Fall! Rend the airs, choke the measured dark,
And drown the dreaming dusk on fretful plains.
O frosty shadowed earth, thou selfsame earth
That bears a kingdom girdled, high in airs
Complex the lark doth sing in music mirth:
Yet sweet his song this rain I hold compare,
For what knows he of woe? You sullen lands
In dross and barbs of fern; you winds untame
That die in groaning grass: had I the hands
Of hemlock-umbels I'd have so much the same.
What is but fair to me-- a house of frost
For a wounded shadow. Lúthien is lost.
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