There once were two fair girls born
Shadow by shadow light by light
One dark as night one bright as morn
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

The oldest- Jeraven- was tough
Shadow by shadow light by light
In body lean in manner rough
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

But despite that rough her ways
Shadow by shadow light by light
A strange grace had she all her days
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

Her eyes were dark as was her hair
Shadow by shadow light by light
The clothes of men she chose to wear
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

To the spear her hand seemed born
Shadow by shadow light by light
At her waist there hung a horn
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

Jeraen was younger by a year
Shadow by shadow light by light
Her sister to her was not dear
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

Her lengthy hair was shining gold
Shadow by shadow light by light
A clear light did her blue eyes hold
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

The finest dresses she would flaunt
Shadow by shadow light by light
The dreams of young men she did haunt
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

Though Jeraven among men went
Shadow by shadow light by light
Towards Jeraen their thoughts were bent
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

This troubled neither girl at all
Shadow by shadow light by light
But Jeraen sought her sister's fall
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

Jeraen soon wed the clanlord's son
Shadow by shadow light by light
The richest suitor was that one
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

This gave her power in the town
Shadow by shadow light by light
With it she brought Jeraven down
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

She told the village many lies
Shadow by shadow light by light
Of Jeraven- one of Evil's spies
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

She- though to be so fair and kind-
Shadow by shadow light by light
The clansmen to her will did bind
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

This compact sought out Jeraven
Shadow by shadow light by light
And from the town she was driven
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

Lonely she long wandered lost
Shadow by shadow light by light
Through many wastelands at great cost
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

Her clothes once fine wer now quite torn
Shadow by shadow light by light
She sometimes wished she'd not been born
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

Never once though did she hate
Shadow by shadow light by light
The one who'd given her that cruel fate
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

For- though hard- from it she learned
Shadow by shadow light by light
The wild and for home she no more yearned
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

But then worse fate did come her way
Shadow by shadow light by light
A man clan-sent found her one day
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

For Jeraen had wished her dead not gone
Shadow by shadow light by light
And had sought her from dusk 'til dawn
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

The man took Jeraven by surprise
Shadow by shadow light by light
And took her back as his prize
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

He put her in an iron cage
Shadow by shadow light by light
With strongest bars wrought by a mage
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

Back to the village they did go
Shadow by shadow light by light
Wagon with cage did horses tow
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

There Jeraven saw the misery wrought
Shadow by shadow light by light
And all by Jeraen was is brought
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

The people worked all night and day
Shadow by shadow light by light
For Jeraen they worked their lives away
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

And yet they complained not at all
Shadow by shadow light by light
Jeraen blamed Jeraven for their fall
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

Jeraen condemned Jeraven to die
Shadow by shadow light by light
When evening sun dropped from the sky
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

The light sister came then to see
Shadow by shadow light by light
The dark one in her misery
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

But swiftly did her end come there-
Shadow by shadow light by light
Jeraven's dagger in her neck fair
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

For always she'd had a hidden knife
Shadow by shadow light by light
For such a time- to save her life
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

But while life it took it did not save
Shadow by shadow light by light
A clansman's sword brought her her grave
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

And yet this tale ends best for all
Shadow by shadow light by light
Ending in the gods' great hall
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

The lovely fields were Jeraven's
Shadow by shadow light by light
Where those of goodness find their ends
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

But to the torturous realms of hell
Shadow by shadow light by light
Went Jeraen- and it served her well
Freedom's not bought without a fight.

And thus what you've heard's not quite true:
Shadow by shadow light by light
It can be different for a few:
Light by shadow and shadow by light.