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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

God in his mercy lend her grace

Here's a video of Loreena McKennitt's, The Lady of Shalott, live at the Juno Awards ....



I like this song and had saved the 11 minute version on my old computer, but it died with the machine. Here below are just the lyrics of the shortened song in the video, but you can read all the words in Tennyson's (1842 version) poem from which they came here.

On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And through the field the road run by
To many-tower'd Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round an island there below,
The island of Shalott.

(snip)

A bow-shot from her bower-eaves,
He rode between the barley sheaves,
The sun came dazzling thro' the leaves,
And flamed upon the brazen greaves
Of bold Sir Lancelot.
A red-cross knight for ever kneel'd
To a lady in his shield,
That sparkled on the yellow field,
Beside remote Shalott.

(snip)

She left the web, she left the loom,
She made three paces through the room,
She saw the water-lily bloom,
She saw the helmet and the plume,
She look'd down to Camelot.
Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack'd from side to side;
"The curse is come upon me," cried
The Lady of Shalott.

In the stormy east-wind straining,
The pale yellow woods were waning,
The broad stream in his banks complaining.
Heavily the low sky raining
Over tower'd Camelot;
Down she came and found a boat
Beneath a willow left afloat,
And around about the prow she wrote
The Lady of Shalott.

(snip)

Who is this? And what is here?
And in the lighted palace near
Died the sound of royal cheer;
And they crossed themselves for fear,
All the Knights at Camelot;
But Lancelot mused a little space
He said, "She has a lovely face;
God in his mercy lend her grace,
The Lady of Shalott."


4 Comments:

Blogger Susan said...

Words, music, voice . . . lovely.

8:05 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi susan :)

11:02 AM  
Blogger cowboyangel said...

Quite lovely.

8:27 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi William :)

1:28 PM  

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