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Reposted, but there's a lot of Tam Lin going around, and I'm still really proud of this one--

To Janet

Four and twenty ladies fair
Were playing at the chess,
And out then came the fair Janet,
As green as onie glass--

--The Ballad of Tam Lin


These seven years I walked alone
consigned to this cold vale of thorns,
marking days and years by bloom
of wild rose, the moon, the hunter's horn.
The blood that beads on holly, blood that fell
to buy men's souls, and free them from
perdition, from this earthly hell,
fell not for me. If Christ's kingdom come,

I burn for love, condemned by lionish desire,
unearthly pride, the favor of a maid
born of this sunless realm, maid of ice and fire--
not by Thy holly blood will her debt to Hell be paid,
but by my own, fairest by my mother borne,
a fallen knight, by my own heart betrayed,
for I took your love, my fiery queen foresworn.
In you I died, both you and I unmade.

Brave the rain, Janet, and this outlandish road.
My hope, my life, lies within you. Do not kill
this love that we between us sowed,
with the rose's thorn your dark blood spill.
My queen has taken all from me, save my name--
That title, it is yours, but take it.
I am kept here in this garden, this rose and I the same.
Free me from this earth, hold the flower's stem, and break it.

Comments

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atalantapendrag
Oct. 31st, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, bravo! Very, very nice.

(you mean I'm not the only one committing Spam Lin?)
spottylogic
Oct. 31st, 2005 01:15 pm (UTC)
Nope--elorie has been Jam Linning a fair bit :)
atalantapendrag
Oct. 31st, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
amanuensis1 was talking about going as Janet for Hallowe'en, but I don't know if she was able to work out the logistics.
tamnonlinear
Dec. 2nd, 2005 11:38 am (UTC)
Would you allow me to steal/post this on my website?
spottylogic
Dec. 2nd, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, by all means! I recall liking your website for a long time, it'd be an honor :) Just please, credit me (jacob williamson 2004), and link back to my LJ?
tamnonlinear
Dec. 4th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
It's up.

Let me know if you want to alter any formatting, add in a link, or provide a blurb to go with the text.
spottylogic
Dec. 6th, 2005 07:45 am (UTC)
It looks wonderful, thanks! I'm extremely pleased to be a part of your site, I've been a Tam Lin fan since I heard Steeleye Span perform the ballad some eight years ago, and your site's the best resource I've found on the subject :)

I would like it if you'd link back to my blog--just make an HREF from my name to
http://www.livejournal.com/users/spottylogic
that'd be totally sufficient. Thanks muchly!
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