Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Fotheringay




Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, born at Linlithgow, 8 December, 1542, She was
the only legitimate child of James V of Scotland. Mary was imprisoned for 21 years in the castle of Fotheringhay by Queen Elizabeth I for conspiring to overthrow Elizabeth and was executed there, in 1587
.



How often she has gazed from castle windows o'er,
And watched the daylight passing within her captive wall,
With no-one to heed her call.

The evening hour is fading within the dwindling sun,
And in a lonely moment those embers will be gone
And the last of all the young birds flown.

Her days of precious freedom, forfeited long before,
To live such fruitless years behind a guarded door,
But those days will last no more.

Tomorrow at this hour she will be far away,
Much farther than these islands,
Or the lonely Fotheringay.

[Sandy Denny]

(Copyright © 1967 Warlock Music)

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