Fall of Reynardine: Draft 2

Carlos and I stole a chance to sit down and play with the piano for a little while, and we came up with a sprightly madrigal sort of melody for this, which actually works quite well given the creepy content. I will test it out with my brother Jeremy and Faye this weekend.

I’m printing out song-sheets, so I might as well print several extras of this!

I changed the refrain and rephrased a few things for easier singing.

THE FALL OF REYNARDINE 

Lyrics by C. S. E. Cooney
Music by Carlos Hernandez

“Come thou hither, miner’s daughter 
With thy braids as black as night 
With thy face so brown and shining 
And thine eyes so full of light 
Come and see my crystal castle
With its ramparts all gleam
Come and wake me from my slumber
Come and kiss thy Reynardine!”

Reynardine, Reynardine
Come and kiss your Reynardine
Deep within forest green

Come and kiss your Reynardine

What is she who grins so whitely?
What is she who calls so sweet? 
Phantom vixen, shade or shadow—
Are you after love, or meat?
Sure, I am a miner’s daughter 
Came my father long ago 
From the highest flights of heaven 
Made to dig the mines below 

Reynardine, Reynardine
Come and kiss your Reynardine
Deep within forest green

Come and kiss your Reynardine

Dug he deep, and dug he deeply 
Till he struck upon a stone 
Till he found a maid imprisoned 
Broke the rock and brought her home 
So you see, your snare can’t catch me 
O my clever Reynardine 
For I am a miner’s daughter 
And my mother is a queen 

Reynardine, Reynardine
Come and kiss your Reynardine
Deep within forest green

Come and kiss your Reynardine

Yes, my mother has a castle
Crystal walls in crystal glade
Told me, “O beware, my daughter 
O, beware the vixen’s shade
She will find you in the forest 
Lure you to her casket stone 
She will bid you break her shackles  
Kiss her mouth and bring her home”

Reynardine, Reynardine
Come and kiss your Reynardine
Deep within forest  green

Come and kiss your Reynardine

“And her home will be our castle
And our bowels be her bowl 
She will drink your father’s heart-blood 
Sipped from out your mother’s skull 
Oh beware, beware my daughter 
Listen to your mother queen
And do not forsake your people 
For the love of Reynardine!”

Reynardine, Reynardine
Come and kiss your Reynardine
Deep within forest  green

Come and kiss your Reynardine

No, my love is strong and supple
Oh, my love is fierce and wild 
And she’ll meet me in this dark wood
Where we two will bide a while
Walk we two up to your casket
Kneel we there upon your stone
Pledge our love now and forever
Seal you fast to die alone

Reynardine, Reynardine
Come and kiss your Reynardine
Deep within forest  green

Come and kiss your Reynardine

Die, ye shade whose will would smite us
Die, ye poison in the breast
Seven times thy spite turn on thee
Seven times put thee to rest 
Then at journey’s end we’ll travel
For to see my mother queen
At her table, feast and revel
At the fall of Reynardine!

Reynardine, Reynardine
Cursed forever, Reynardine
Deep within forest green
Now is fallen Reynardine

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