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You came into my city's walls,
And shone despite your wounded state,
And soon you echoed through my halls,
And offered me the hand of fate.

You told me of your foreign lands,
And tugged me gently toward their shore.
Pulled me past the burning sands
Into the thirsty ocean's roar.

And so we sailed towards glooming night,
Star-eyed and dreaming, hearts entwined
Each drunken in the others sight,
Each full of hopes and danger blind.

And now the dark has finally come
But left us with the quiet stars.
No more the heat of glowing sun,
But silvered beauty now is ours.

Which softly sings of coming dawn,
And greater things than light soaked noon
And whispers why all hearts are drawn
To dance beneath the fickle moon

So once again I raise the flask
And knowing, drink the lover's brew
And toast to what my love would ask
And give my will to cleave to you.
If you don't know the story of Tristram and Isolde, you should.
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PrettyCrazy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Doomed romance. One's gotta love it.
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VetchVespers Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Student General Artist
Ugh... It's so much better on paper.
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the-sky-is-the-limit Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:
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VetchVespers Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Student General Artist
:bow: :blowkiss:
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lordbeazy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Dont know the story, but who cares so long as it produced a beautiful poem like this.
Unusual rhyming scheme, and difficult to maintain without losing the sense, but you made it work. One of the best I've ever read. Just loved it. :clap:
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VetchVespers Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow. Thankyou very much. :bow: ... :hug:
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:iconlordbeazy:
lordbeazy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Well deserved, and welcome. :rose:
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VetchVespers Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Student General Artist
:floating:
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BowofAnariel Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
:iconbrokenheartplz: the version i read is tragic
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VetchVespers Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Student General Artist
Yeah. It is. Which one did you read?
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BowofAnariel Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
i don't remember :( its been too long. i think it was french? the names were Tristan and Iseut. or Iseult? one of those. and there was an Iseut aux Mains Blanches too. she lied about the sails. :(
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VetchVespers Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Student General Artist
yeah. I'm most familiar with Sir Thomas Mallory's version. The names are spelled all kinds of ways and like any good legend, the story shifts around a bit too. ;)
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BowofAnariel Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
:noes: we should have a party about it :party: :iconcutecatplz:
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VetchVespers Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Student General Artist
Most definately. ... (dies)
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Silvaz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
What's it about?
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VetchVespers Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Student General Artist
:P What do YOU think its about. :D
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Silvaz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
A happily ever after into the sunset?
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VetchVespers Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Student General Artist
Hah. Sort of. Did you mean what is the poem about, or what is the legend of the Tristram and Isolde about?
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Silvaz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
The legend.... I could google it but I'm too lazy lol
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VetchVespers Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Student General Artist
Hah. Tsk tsk.

Well, Mallory's version is the one I'm most familiar with. He does a very good job with humanizing the characters. Does a good job with Lancelot and Guinevere too. The tale of Tristram and Isolde is similar and older and probably a precursor to ol Lancey and Guiney, but in Mallory's version, Tristam and Lancelot are buds.

Condensed version: As a young man, Tristram goes to his uncle's kingdom looking to prove himself as a knight and help out his uncle fight some big nasties. Tristram volunteers to fight the enemies champion, something all the other knights are too afraid to do. After an arduous and brutal duel, Tristram hits the other man in the head with his sword so hard, a chunk of it breaks off in the man's skull, winning Tristram the duel and giving the other knight a mortal wound.

Unfortunately, Tristram has also suffered a near mortal wound that is poisoned and refuses to heal. Tristram realizes the only way to cure the poison is to go to the land where it came from where they are sure to have an antidote. So, he disguises himself and goes to the other knight's kingdom. There he is treated with hospitality, becomes good friends with the king, and is healed by the queen and princess, Isolde.

However, his true identity is discovered by the queen. The knight Tristram killed was her son, Isolde's brother, and when the dying knight was brought home, the queen removed the fatal sword chunck from his skull. One day, while Tristram is bathing, the queen picks up his clothes to move them and sees the missing chunck in his sword, recognizes it, and in a fury, tries to kill Tristram.

Can't remember how he gets out of it. I think Isolde gets in the way. Not sure.

Anywho, by that point, after their initial shock, the family is able to forgive the death, because it was honorable, and they realize Tristram is honorable. But Tristram leaves their kingdom to go back to his uncle, King Mark.

King Mark initially is proud of his nephew, and the two become close friends. Soon though, Mark becomes jealous of Tristram, who is just a little TOO perfect. Rivalry over a woman, who is married btw, is the final straw for Mark. He becomes determined to hurt and destroy Tristram.

Noting Tristram's constant accolades to the Lady Isolde, Mark requests that Tristram, in honor of their friendship and Tristram's duty as knight, retrieve the lovely princess for Mark, for he can think of no more fitting queen than the one Tristram so constantly describes.

Tristram, who still loves Mark, and does not realize his evil, is honor bound to do the favor.

Isolde, who knows she loves Tristram, agrees to marry Mark for the sake of Tristram's honor.

So Tristram and Isolde set forth from her kingdom, to sail to Tristram's. On board is a large dowery along with a love potion than Isolde's mother brewed for her. The potion was to be drunk by her and Mark at their wedding, and ensures the drinker will eternally love their partner, assuring that Isolde and Mark would be happy. But Tristram and Isolde find the brew, and thinking it is the servants stashed hooch, drink it together, thereby sealing THEIR eternal love and dooming them.

So there are your cliff notes, and they might be a bit off. I haven't read this stuff in years.

If you want the rest of the story, read Le Morte d'Arthur. ;)
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priestofknowledge Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009   Writer
I like the romance from the days of old... it seems dead in this day and age.

It was nice reading from you; I always enjoy structured meaning.
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VetchVespers Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Student General Artist
Nah. Not dead. Just not so well dressed. ;)

And thankyou very much. :bow:
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Silvaz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Oh my... -stares-
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VetchVespers Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Student General Artist
Yeah. They don't make em like that much anymore. ;)
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