Cordelia's Song from The King In Yellow is a poem, or song, by Vincent Starrett that purports to be an extract from the Play. Published in Rehearsals for Oblivion (Act I), the first verse is also quoted in In Memoriam.

Role In The PlayEdit

Obviously, it is sung by Cordelia, although the exact circumstances are unclear. Its location within the play is not specified.

Cordelia's SongEdit

The moon shines whitely; I shall take
My silk umbrella, lest the moon
Too warmly fall upon the lake
And cause my bridal flowers to swoon.
The sparrow's sorrow is in vain,
And so does he his bride forget.
I wed the long grass and the rain,
And seven sailors dripping wet.
And shall not you and shall not I
Keep tryst beside this silent stream,
Who thought that we should rather die
Than wed the peacock's amber dream?
The moon shines whitely, I shall take
My silk umbrella, lest the moon
Too coldly fall upon the lake
And chill my bridal flowers too soon.


Two interesting points can be ascertained from the song:

  1. Cordelia is marrying someone.
  1. Cordelia is singing the song to her lover (presumably, but not certainly the person she is marrying).

There is no clue as to who this person (or persons) is.

The SailorsEdit

The seven sailors may relate somehow to the Arthurian and Mabinogion tales of seven survivors of a quest into the Otherworld to retrieve the Holy Grail or sacred cauldron.

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