Lest We For Love

©Robert Fitzmorgan (Gordon Scott Fridenberg)



To see you now my heart would burst.
For I have loved you from the first.
My lady I must go away.
Lest we for love should love betray.

With all my heart I've served your lord.
Since I was knighted by his sword.
Near you I can no longer stay,
Lest we for love should love betray.

Our love it is a dreadful sin.
Yet still I have this love within.
For it to end I daily pray.
Lest we for love should love betray.

I stood with him when my lord wed.
And heard the vows you and he said.
Hold fast to what you pledged that day.
Lest we for love should love betray.

My lady I must leave you now.
For I'd not have you break your vow.
Our parting I cannot delay.
Lest we for love should love betray.


Robert's note: In Northkeep we require an extemporanious composition as part of our Baronial Bardic competition. The finalists are given a subject, and one hour to compose a new work on that subject. This was my winning entry in Northkeep's third bardic competition. It is in the form of a Kyrelle. The subject for the competition was the conflict between love and duty.