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Misty Rose
by
Torvald Torgarson
Cynagua Summer Investiture
July, 2000 (AS XXXV)

Of a treasure I had heard, the rarest rose upon this earth
      its grace and beauty with no other could compare
And of this rose of which I heard, where it grows I had to learn
      on the road Id go, this journey I would dare

To the north lands I did go, filled with silver and with gold
      precious metals that so many died to seek
And of this rose they all had heard, but where it grows no one had learned
      So I journeyed on convinced my quest was not complete

To the east I journeyed then, to the mountains and the sand
      sparkling gems they quarried, gifts from mother earth
And of this rose they all had heard, but where it grows no one had learned
      so I journeyed on convinced of my quests worth

To the south with sun so bright, with graceful ladies, noble knights
      they blessed my quest and hurried me along
And of this rose they all had heard, but where it grows no one had learned
      and for this endless quest I journeyed on

Back to my home I go, by the ocean I did roam
      tears filled my eyes, my quest was all in vain
For of this rose of which Id heard, where it grows I had not learned
      and for this quest my heart was filled with pain

Then a voice near me did sing, through the air the song did ring
      and I followed it in wonder to a throne
There was the rose of which Id heard, in this land of kingdoms birth
      thus end the quest for our own Misty Rose.


This song was written at the request of His Highness Thorfinn, for his Princess Cyneswith. It was performed for the first time at Cynaguan Summer Investiture. And repeated again at Mists Coronet. -- Torvald


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