The Ballad of Life and Death
The sun rising on their new world,
Together the patrons of life and death,
The start and the end, bound forever,
Even before man's first breath.
One look, deep in her eyes,
He found all the love he could find.
A love that could last all time,
The light and the dark, entwined.
Far away from fellow gods,
Their meetings at dusk and dawn.
A secret tryst held amongst the stars,
Their time in the world withdrawn.
God of life, no longer watching,
Men weaken and diseases spread.
Goddess of death, gaze turned,
Monsters come and raise the dead.
An important message in the skies,
For the God of Law to bring,
A call to end their saga,
For Death and her Golden King.
A majestic tree, standing proud,
For life, death and all between.
A symbol of everlasting love,
For Lathander and his Raven Queen.
This song refers to the The Tale of Lathander & The Raven Queen.
The Ballad of Life and Death is the oldest known work in the archives, it was written by one of the most highly regarded bards in history, the Half-elf Illidir Vashman. It is typically performed as more like a poem recital to music than sung in full singing voice, though variations do exist that follow different styles and tunes. It is also the most common piece to be performed by bards across the land, there is nary a soul that has not heard The Ballad of Life and Death, for it is often the first piece taught to aspiring bards in the various colleges of Aldenia.