1. This song is also from the second book of Donzalo's Destiny, 'The Shadow of Asak.' The bard Guesare reminisces about a song the Prince of the Fay taught him when he was young.

    Where the Dwarfs Dwell

    Legends they tell, where the dwarfs dwell,
    of fires that well from the hearths of Hell.
    There chains of gold were forged of old,
    to bind, to hold, in caverns cold,
    where the dwarfs dwell, where the dwarfs dwell.

    In secret mines a captive pines;
    and the runic lines form mystic signs
    to tell her tale. A whisper, a wail,
    all voices fail — doomed and pale
    a captive pines, a captive pines.

    In caverns deep the hours creep;
    to wake from sleep means but to weep,
    caught in this spell. Does a distant bell
    their passing tell? Within her cell,
    the hours creep, the hours creep.

    The clamor, hark, in caverns dark;
    an anvil spark, a dwarf-smith, stark,
    to his tasks settles, he casts, he fettles
    his magic metals, the crystal kettles
    in caverns dark, in caverns dark.

    What fate befell, where the dwarfs dwell?
    The hammer’s knell would rise and swell
    on the fetid air, a song of despair
    for the captive fair, beyond all care
    where the dwarfs dwell, where the dwarfs dwell.

    Stephen Brooke ©2016

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