At Amberleaf Fair

Based on “At Amberleaf Fair”
Lyrics based on the snippets from the book cover.
No tune yet

Student and crafter and merchant all here
Come meet new strangers or friends you hold dear
Who will be chosen and who will be hurt
That is the question the young mage will sort

Magic and mystery await those who dare,
To enter the game at Amberleaf Fair

A pendant for citron? Is that a fair trade?
It is in far places, the merchant has said
Magic stops stealing but not those who give
False accusations are hard to forgive

Come dance and tempt romance and unbraid your hair
Come hither, make merry at Amberleaf Fair

Come to the magic show, see things unseen
The globe showing images of what has been
Drink up the colors that steal away breath
Spin fortunes of life, play dark games of death

Magic and mystery, fates to beware
Our story unfolds at Amberleaf Fair

Friends once again as the choices were made
False accusations to rest now are laid
All now are leaving, the fair is now done
Merchant and student and crafter all gone

Come back next year in the cool autumn air
See friends and new strangers at Amberleaf Fair

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2 Comments

  1. Phyllis Karr Hoyt said,

    Yes, I like these verses very much. They fairly sing, even without actual music. If my husband were not “late,” I’d persuade him to give them a melody.
    Better confess right now, however, that I didn’t write those verses, any more than I painted the cover art for the 1986 pb of AT AMBERLEAF FAIR. Sorry that I don’t know who did. Indeed, I cannot even claim credit for the name “Amberleaf.” My title was “The Marriage Toy Puzzle.” Before publication, an editor telephoned me saying, “We’ve found a perfect title. ‘Amberlea’ [no ‘f’] Fair. How do you like it?” I had to answer, “Very much, except that a ‘lea’ is a field or meadow, and this fair is set in a woods.” So much I remember confidently. If memory continues to serve, my editor sounded so disappointed, that I had the inspiration of suggesting we add an “f” and make it “Amberleaf” – perfect for the autumn season.
    Publishing a book really takes a lot of teamwork, though novels don’t acknowledge this as often or as liberally as do many kinds of nonfiction.
    Let me encourage you to keep making poems!

  2. Phyllis Karr Hoyt said,

    Yes, I like these verses very much. They fairly sing, even without actual music. If my husband were not “late,” I’d persuade him to give them a melody.
    Better confess right now, however, that I didn’t write those original cover verses, any more than I painted the cover art for the 1986 pb of AT AMBERLEAF FAIR. Sorry that I don’t know who did. Indeed, I cannot even claim credit for the name “Amberleaf.” My title was “The Marriage Toy Puzzle.” Before publication, an editor telephoned me saying, “We’ve found a perfect title. ‘Amberlea’ [no ‘f’] Fair. How do you like it?” I had to answer, “Very much, except that a ‘lea’ is a field or meadow, and this fair is set in a woods.” So much I remember confidently. If memory continues to serve, my editor sounded so disappointed, that I had the inspiration of suggesting we add an “f” and make it “Amberleaf” – perfect for the autumn season.
    Publishing a book really takes a lot of teamwork, though novels don’t acknowledge this as often or as liberally as do many kinds of nonfiction.
    Let me encourage you to keep making poems!
    By the way, where I am, the local time is 2:40 in the afternoon.

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