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Hush little one, My sweet little child,
Cry you not this long night

To river we go, where you hath played
Many a bright summer's day
Fear not, my child, the end is swift and silent,
So hush now my little one

Miss you I shall, even 'fore sight of you is gone,
For we shall not meet again
Sweet little one, I wish I could keep you,
But that is not to be so

In times when evil deeds prevail,
You are too pure to stay
So you must go where they cannot find you,
Please find peace where you lay

Hush little one, My sweet little child,
Cry you not this long night
Okay, I'm typing this artist's comments for the third time. As such, I am going to shorted this so that I do not loose the little sanity that I have left.

Hymn is inspired by and written to the tune of Coventry Carol. While the subject matter of the songs are similar, the reasons for the songs are completely different.

Coventry carol is, according to legend, the last song that mothers of the tribe of Israel sang to their children before King Harod's men came and killed all of the babes ages two and under in an attempt to keep the new "king" that the Magi told him about (and then wisely avoided telling him where he was).

Hymn for the Lost Children is about a period in Abintran history when any and all children with magic were killed, or at the very least sent out of their villages to be killed. After the Order lost the Witch Wars the Kirnblites went back and attacked the villages that had sided with the Order again, carrying off anyone with any hint of magical power, and vowed to return when more were born. To make sure that this did not occure, any and all children displaying magic were sent down the river that runs the length of the Vale (later known as the Dark Lands) to be drowned in the sea. The "lucky" ones actually made it to the sea (and were hopefully were rescued by the underwater community.) The not so lucky ones were sold to the Kirnblites. As the song describes, though, the children were taken off in the middle of the night to the river to be shipped off.
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PanDemoniumAeon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
very nice. and i mean it.
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, I'm glad that you like it.
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RobinInnle Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Its also the type of things one might say to their new child in a time of war... Do you mind if I do an arragement as a present to a good friend's child, to whom I am now the godfather? It would be based on coventry carol but with a few new shifts...

And that story only brings one other thought to mind - "Yea though I walk through death dark vail of shadows, no evil will I fear for thou art still with me..."
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
If you would like to, go right ahead^^

And thank you.
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DarkOfThree Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007
o_o; That is a bit disconcernting. If I spelled that right, eheh... The Hymn is a comforting one, of itself, but the added commentary...I do not think the ones who had to destroy such innocents could possibly have been...I mean, they must have been heartless. >_> I understand sending the magic-children to the sea to drown, in order to perhaps spare them a worser fate, but...mmph.
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
No, you're right, it is very disconcerting (I can't spell either so I don't know if either of us are correct). But yeah, that would be the last thing that mothers would sing to their children, singing them to sleep, before they sent their child off to be killed...
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:icondarkofthree:
DarkOfThree Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007
o_o; Upsetting and sad, that. I should think a mother would rather die than see their child go anywhere with Death.
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed, but what if you knew that even if you died, your child would not be spared a fate worse than death, and after that an eternity of torture for siding with the enemy in life?
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:icondarkofthree:
DarkOfThree Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Ah...true. Either way, a tough decision...
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed
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