Habbanan beneath the Stars
From Book of Lost Tales – Volume I The Coming of the Valar
In Habbanan beneath the skies
Where all roads end however long
There is the sound of faint guitars
And distant echoes of a song,
For there men gather into rings
Round their red fires while one voice sings –
And all about is night.
Not night as ours, unhappy folk,
Where nigh the Earth in hazy bars,
A mist about the springing of stars,
There trails a thin and wandering smoke
Obscuring with its veil half-seen
The great abysmal still Serene.
A globe of dark glass faceted with light
Wherein the splendid winds have dusky flight;
Untrodden spaces of an odorous plain
That watches for the moon that long has lain
And caught in meteors’ fiery rain –
Such there is night.
There on a sudden did my heart perceive
That they who sang about the Eve,
Who answered the bright-shining stars
With gleaming music of their strange guitars,
These were His wandering happy sons
Encamped upon those aëry leas
Where God’s unsullied garment runs
In glory down His mighty knees.
Submitted by ~Mirimë~