"Behold a jocund morn indeed! -
Sun on high - birds in sky.
Yonder the whist firth eathing,
Fro where a gale erranteth."

"Ye beholdest but the shadow.
Mayhap a tithe of trothplight -
I deep - e'er and anon!"

"To and fro, save hither,
Is thy love."

"Not a loth! -
But vying for my kinsmen!"

"Beautiful tyrant!
Fiend Angelica!
Dove-feathered raven!
Woluish-ravening lamb!
A hamlet for a slothful vassal -
Soothing ale for a parched sot.
Hie to tell me
What ye judgest as naught
I behold the shadow!"

"E'er thou sayest aye!
Thief of a plot!
Now go to thy tryst!
Go, leave, totter! -
Until ye dwindlest.
A morsel, nay more,
For thy journey
Hither and thither!"

"That is a lie!
Lief I am not!
My words are but a twist
Fare well! - with jiy I came,
With rue I leave.
Even the orb cannot.
Help me melt the ice?"

"That is a lie!
Lief I am not!
My words are but a twist
Tis a feigned lie through loathing,
I say!"

"A dotard gaffer, I daresay..."

"...a sapling not!"

"Wherefore call me such names;
Nay imp am I!
Thou art my aghast hart -
Gazing in the glade."

Lyrics submitted by TheUnholyMaster

A Hamlet For A Slothful Vassal song meanings
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    General CommentNo wonder I had no idea what the song meant when I listened to it. I still dont.
    divinedarknesson January 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's a beautiful day. A woman and a man have a fight about her cheating on him. She denies that it happened, but the man is sure that she did. They fight on, and eventually he sends her away. She begs to him, and in the end claims even the orb (the sun) cannot melt the ice (his cool attitude).

    At least I was told that the song was about that.
    Kworbon July 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti luv ToT...! and this song is one of the greatest!
    prtrson July 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis band is great
    but i don't know why they use difficult words??
    Mr.Brainiacon August 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit seems like the man is too old for her (a dotard gaffer). the man (the grunter) calls the woman very bad things, including an undeserving person who's getting more than they deserve (a parched sot getting soothing ale, a hamlet for a slothful vassal). The lady says she isn't as evil as he says she is. the woman says she was happy at the beginning but now she leaves (the guy forces her out of his life and hopes she loses everything).
    PS: It took me sooo long to decipher the old vocab and then realize the many metaphors they used in the lyrics. I wished normal people knew these words...
    dark ivoryon July 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree with korb and his interpretation.

    "But vying for my kinsmen!", he thinks she is going after somebody else eventhough she claims she loves him "save hither, Is thy love."

    the song seems to be about how their marriage falls apart because of the guy's inability to trust the girl. (the reason i think its marriage is cause of "Mayhap a tithe of trothplight"). But it could also be the girl doesnt really love him, but she is just pretending to love him because she was promised to him in marrriage - and she does actually love that somebody else.

    so it kinda feels like its hard to tell who is right and who is wrong, but regardless, their marriage falls apart. beautiful song
    ViciousMachineon October 24, 2004   Link

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