Villanelles - Old Toby


Villanelle for the Elves

Across the seas to Valinor
silvan ships sail to the call,
the Blessed Realm, the Timeless Shore

Into the fire, the Ring of War,
thus fades the light when shadows fall
across the seas to Valinor

Follow, then, those gone before
to meadows fair, white towers tall,
the Blessed Realm, the Timeless Shore

For what remains in song and lore
shall not be borne away at all
across the seas to Valinor

But everlasting stay to soar
upon heart's winds within us all,
the Blessed Realm, the Timeless Shore

Their time is passed forevermore;
their sails recede beyond recall
across the seas to Valinor,
the Blessed Realm, the Timeless Shore
- Old Toby