Vale of Tears: A Song of the Elves

You graced my brows with gleaming light

And sent me forth into the night

A lantern swinging in my hand

I faced a sea of windswept land

A glitter, glimmer

Moth of white

Unto a world of shaded sight

You sent me forth into the night.

I crested hills and looked about

Questing for a lonely route

And towards the jaws which ripped the sky

I held my gleaming lantern high

A glitter, glimmer

Moth of white

Into the mountains gnarled with might

I took the deepest path of night.

And as I, glimmering, carried on

The rock-choked paths which led to dawn

My fingers touched each mortal face

And flooded them with hope and grace

A glitter, glimmer

Moth of white

Against the doom, a lonely light

I brought a fire into their night.

I walked on for a thousand years

My ageless eyes wept all Life’s tears

Until my footsteps touched the shore

A boat stood with a single oar

I slipped into its curving frame

And passed beyond all shade and flame

A glitter, glimmer

Moth of white

On gulls’ white wings I took my flight

And came again into your light.

By Mary Faustina

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