The Ballad of Hastur and Cassilda
|Title:||The Ballad of Hastur and Cassilda|
|Creator:||Marion Zimmer Bradley|
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From MZB: "Numerous versions of this ballad have survived, quoted and sung to many tunes by folksingers -- some of these melodies being of great antiquity, others apparently original. There is no proof which version is oldest or nearest to the lost originals; the unreliability of folksingers' memory has been proverbial on every planet in the Terran Empire. The text here is given is collated from the most ancient sources available, some apparently dating from the Ages of Chaos to judge from their archaic casta forms. It is also the longest version known, raising the possibility of accretions over the centuries -- accretions which might explain the irregular metrical patterns."