Now come the Life and the Shadow
Looking for truth and the light
Search for the scar of dark sorrow
Watch as you bid them goodnight.
To the Gryphons go now
Your life in their hands
You must place if love will allow.
Go through to the Morshai lands.
The heart's wounds can be healed
But the scar will remain
If to the cliff the Princess is led
She will prove herself foe's greatest bane.
But in the dark can still be found light
And in moonlight the tree's turn again.
In light is found the darkening night
The Gryphons are leaving the den.
Cross the sandy desert wide
To the green trees shelter giving
To stem the ever rushing tide
Move to counter, sword still swinging.
Dawn is coming through the sky
Listen to his council. Listen!
As he shows how you may tie
Cortir, the man of so much sin.
To the dark reflecting mere
Drop a stone to rouse the guard
Enter now his dreadful lair
Seize the sword of Kar the Bard.
Haste now, for the day slips past
Towards the west-ward stretching sea
To the barrier that will ever last
Toward the side of the harbor lee.
Now dies the Life, her banners torn
Now rises Shadow, bereft and lorn,
Now the Song will ever mourn
again the bloody morn.
So wrote Kar the Bard before he died, naming the poem Lifesong