Tolkien Gateway

Kortirion among the Trees

(Difference between revisions)
m
m (Change disambig template)
 
(5 intermediate revisions by 4 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
 +
{{stub}}
 +
{{disambig-two|the poem|city|[[Kortirion]]}}
 
'''''Kortirion among the Trees''''' is a poem by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]].
 
'''''Kortirion among the Trees''''' is a poem by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]].
  
:''O fading town upon an [[Túna|inland hill]]''
+
The poem was published in ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part One]]''.
:''Old shadows linger in thine ancient gate''
+
:''Thy robe is grey thine old heart now is still''
+
:''Thy towers silent in the mist await''
+
:''Their crumbling end while through the storeyed elms''
+
:''The Gliding Water leaves these inland realms''
+
:''And slips between long meadows to the [[Belegaer|Sea]]''
+
:''Still bearing downward over murmurous falls''
+
:''One day and then another to the Sea''
+
:''And slowly thither many years have gone''
+
:''Since first the [[Elves]] here built [[Tirion|Kortirion]]''
+
  
 
+
[[Category:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]
:''O climbing town upon thy windy hill''
+
:''With winding streets and alleys shady-walled''
+
:''Where now untamed the peacocks pace in drill''
+
:''Majestic sapphirine and emerald''
+
:''Amid the girdle of this sleeping land''
+
:''Where silver falls the rain and gleaming stand''
+
:''The whispering host of old deep-rooted trees''
+
:''That cast long shadows in many a bygone noon''
+
:''And murmured many centuries in the breeze''
+
:''Thou art the city of the Land of Elms''
+
:''[[Alalminórë]] in the Fairy Realms''
+
 
+
 
+
:''Sing of thy trees Kortirion again''
+
:''The beech on hill the willow in the fen''
+
:''The rainy poplars and the frowning yews''
+
:''Within thine agéd courts that muse''
+
:''In sombre splendour all the day''
+
:''Until the twinkle of the early stars''
+
:''Comes glinting through their sable bars''
+
:''And the white moon climbing up the sky''
+
:''Looks down upon the ghosts of trees that die''
+
:''Slowly and silently from day to day''
+
:''O [[Tol Eressëa|Lonely Isle]] here was thy citadel''
+
:''Ere bannered summer from his fortress fell''
+
:''Then full of music were thine elms''
+
:''Green was their armour green their helms''
+
:''The Lords and Kings of all thy trees''
+
:''Sing then of elms renowned Kortirion''
+
:''That under summer crowds their full sail on''
+
:''And shrouded stand like masts of verdurous ships''
+
:''A fleet of galleons that proudly slips''
+
:''Across long sunlit seas.''
+
 
+
 
+
:''Thou art the inmost province of the fading isle''
+
:''Where linger yet the Lonely Companies''
+
:''Still undespairing here they slowly file''
+
:''Along thy paths with solemn harmonies''
+
:''The holy people of an elder day''
+
:''Immortal Elves that singing fair and fey''
+
:''Of vanished things that were and could be yet''
+
:''Pass like a wind among the rustling trees''
+
:''A wave of bowing grass and we forget''
+
:''Their tender voices like wind-shaken bells''
+
:''Of flowers their gleaming hair like golden asphodels''
+
 
+
 
+
:''Once Spring was here with joy and all was fair''
+
:''Among the trees but Summer drowsing by the stream''
+
:''Heard trembling in her heart the secret player''
+
:''Pipe out beyond the tangle of her forest dream''
+
:''The long-drawn tune that elvish voices made''
+
:''Foreseeing Winter through the leafy glade''
+
:''The late flowers nodding on the ruined walls''
+
:''Then stooping heard afar that haunting flute''
+
:''Beyond the sunny aisles and tree-propped halls''
+
:''For thin and clear and cold the note''
+
:''As strand of silver glass remote''
+
 
+
 
+
:''Then all thy trees Kortirion were bent''
+
:''And shook with sudden whispering lament''
+
:''For passing were the days and doomed the nights''
+
:''When flitting ghost-moths danced as satellites''
+
:''Round tapers in the moveless air''
+
:''And doomed already were the radiant dawns
+
:''The fingered sunlight drawn across the lawns''
+
:''The odour and the slumbrous noise of meads''
+
:''Where all the sorrel flowers and pluméd weeds''
+
:''Go down before the scyther’s share''
+
:''When cool October robed her dewy furze''
+
:''In netted sheen of gold-shot gossamers''
+
:''Then the wide-umbraged elms began to fail''
+
:''Their mourning multitude of leaves grew pale''
+
:''Seeing afar the icy spears''
+
:''Of Winter marching blue behind the sun''
+
:''Of bright All-Hallows. Then their hour was done''
+
:''And wanly borne on wings of amber pale''
+
:''They beat the wide airs of the fading vale''
+
:''And flew like birds across the misty meres''
+
 
+
 
+
:''This is the season dearest to the heart''
+
:''And time most fitting to the ancient town''
+
:''With waning musics sweet that slow depart''
+
:''Winding with echoed sadness faintly down''
+
:''The paths of stranded mist. O gentle time''
+
:''When the late mornings are begemmed with rime''
+
:''And early shadows fold the distant woods!''
+
:''The Elves go silent by their shining hair''
+
:''They cloak in twilight under secret hoods''
+
:''Of grey and filmy purple and long bands''
+
:''Of frosted starlight sewn by silver hands''
+
 
+
 
+
:''And oft they dance beneath the roofless sky''
+
:''When naked elms entwine in branching lace''
+
:''[[The Seven Stars]] and through the boughs the eye''
+
:''Stares golden-beaming in the round moon’s face''
+
:''O holy Elves and fair immortal Folk''
+
:''You sing then ancient songs that once awoke''
+
:''Under primeval stars before the Dawn''
+
:''You whirl then dancing with the eddying wind''
+
:''As once you danced upon the shimmering lawn''
+
:''In Elvenhome before we were before''
+
:''You crossed wide seas unto this mortal shore''
+
 
+
 
+
:''Now are thy trees old grey Kortirion''
+
:''Through pallid mists seen rising tall and wan''
+
:''Like vessels floating vague and drifting far''
+
:''Down opal seas beyond the shadowy bar''
+
:''Of cloudy ports forlorn''
+
:''Leaving behind for ever havens loud''
+
:''Wherein their crews a while held feasting proud''
+
:''And lordly ease they now like windy ghosts''
+
:''Are wafted by slow airs to windy coasts''
+
:''And the glimmering sadly down the tide are borne''
+
:''Bare are thy trees become Kortirion''
+
:''The rotted rainment from their bones is gone''
+
:''The seven candles of the [[Silver Wain]]''
+
:''Like lighted tapers in a darkened fane''
+
:''Now flare above the fallen year''
+
:''Through court and street now cold and empty lie''
+
:''And Elves dance seldom neath the barren sky''
+
:''Yet under the white moon there is a sound''
+
:''Of buried music still beneath the ground''
+
:''When winter comes I would meet winter here''
+
 
+
 
+
:''I would not seek the desert or red palaces''
+
:''Where reigns the sun nor tail to magic isles''
+
:''Nor climb the hoary mountains’ stony terraces''
+
:''And tolling faintly over windy miles''
+
:''To my heart calls no distant bell that rings''
+
:''In crowded cities of the Earthly Kings''
+
:''For here is heartsease still and deep content''
+
:''Though sadness haunt the Land of withered Elms''
+
:''And making music still in sweet lament''
+
:''The Elves here holy and immortal dwell''
+
:''And on the stones and trees there lies a spell.''
+
 
+
::— [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]
+
 
+
[[Category:Poems]]
+

Latest revision as of 22:05, 1 November 2012

"...there is much else that may be told." — Glóin
This article or section is a stub. Please help Tolkien Gateway by expanding it.
This article is about the poem. For the city, see Kortirion.

Kortirion among the Trees is a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The poem was published in The Book of Lost Tales Part One.