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The Cost of the Crown - lyrics

The stars are very beautiful
above the palace walls
They shine with equal splendor
still above far humbler halls
I watch them from my window
but their bright entrancing glow
Reminds me of the freedom
I gave up so long ago
The royal circlet of bright gold
rests lightly on my brow
I once thought only of the rights
this circlet would endow
But once I took the crown to which
I had been schooled and bred
I found it heavy on the heart
though light upon the head
Although I am the head of state
in truth I am the least
The true Queen knows her people fed
before she sits to feast
The good Queen knows her people safe
before she takes her rest
Thinks twice and thrice and yet again
before she makes request
For they are all my children
all that I swore to defend
It is my duty to become both Queen and trusted friend
And of my children high and low
from beggar to above
The dearest are my Heralds
who return my care with love
The dearest are my Heralds
swift to spring at my command
Who give me aid and fellowship
who always understand
That land and people first have needs
that I can't deny
So I must send my dearest friends
to danger and to die
A friend, a love, a child—it matters not,
I know indeed,
That I must sacrifice them all
if there should be the need
They know, and they forgive me
doing more than I require
With willing minds and loving hearts
go straight to grasp the fire
These tears that burn my eyes
are all the tears the Queen can't shed,
The tears I weep in silence
are for all my Heralds dead.
To God who dwells beyond the stars
if you can hear my cry
And if you have compassion
let me send no more to die!

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