Night was falling. Weary from a day of battling the Dark Knight, the Knights of the Pain Table rested by the edge of the forest beneath the moon. The eternal onslaught bled their strength. Ere midnights shadow, the eagle soared alone. A low mist of melancholy, fear and grief settled on their hearts and they tried not to pour bitter tears on the desolated earth.
Merlin, knew the battle to be fought was theirs alone, as his powers were of another kind. But his love for these Knights was so deep that he called upon the Spirits of the Forest.
As the Knights slept in turbulence, the music of three voices emanated from the trees. The Knights stirred and looked towards the forest. Before them were three figures seen in white robes graced, in a cloud of fire. The Knights closed their lids to seek shelter in the notes, which were like a gentle elixir. How sweet it were to hear.
As the heavy weight of that which had chained them down lessened, their hearts softly trembled. Placid sleep cam o’er them and all they could hear was the song of the night’s sweet bird. The Spirits of the Forest had given them some respite and Merlin’s heart could rest once more.Pray thee rest well, Knights of the Pain Table. Blessings, Lady Sharon
This beautiful haunting rendition of Amazing Grace is sung by Walela (Cherokee for Hummingbird). Walela is made up of Rita Coolidge, her sister Priscilla Coolidge, and Priscilla’s daughterk, Laura Satterfield. Visit their site http://www.walela.com/.
The song, “Amazing Grace”, has great significance for the Cherokee. Seventy years after John Newton composed the lyrics for this hymn, thousands of displaced Cherokees sang the hymn as they were herded along the tragic Trail of Tears (1838-1839). In 1830 the U.S. Congress passed the Indian Removal Act. The Cherokee Trail of Tears resulted from the enforcement of the Treaty of New Echota, an agreement signed under the provisions of the Indian Removal Act. Cherokee men, women, and children were forced to travel 1000 miles west, often on foot, to new reservations.
During this journey, about 4, 000 people lost their lives due to hunger, disease and inhumane conditions. The tribe remembers this period as the Trail of Tears. They were not allowed to stop and attend to their dead so instead would quietly sing “Amazing Grace” as a way to honor the passing
Due to a large number of deceased people or lack of time during their journey, they could not burry their dead with dignity, so the Cherokee tribe would quietly sing “Amazing Grace” as a way to honour the passing. This hymn brought them much comfort. Long after the “Trail of Tears”, the song remains and today is considered to be an unofficial national anthem for the Sovereign Cherokee Nation. To read the lyrics click here.