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"Guinevere" is a song featured in the 1967 film Camelot with music written by Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. In the song, Mordred (David Hemmings) rouses several knights and they catch the lovers together, as he planned. Lancelot du Lac (Franco Nero) escapes but Guinevere (Vanessa Redgrave) is arrested and sentenced to die at the stake. King Arthur (Richard Harris), who has promoted the rule of law throughout the story, is now bound by his own law—he can make no special exceptions for his own wife. Preparations are made for Guinevere's burning, but Lancelot rescues her at the last minute, much to Arthur's relief.

Lyrics

Oh, they found Guinevere
With her bold cavalier
And as swords rang through the hall
Lance escaped them, one and all

On a day dark and drear
Came to trial Guinevere
Ruled the jury for her shame
She be sentenced to the flame

Early dawn was the time
She would pay for her crime
Or would Lancelot reappear
Come and rescue Guinevere?

I'll wager the king himself is hoping he will return
Why would he have chosen five a.m. for the queen to burn?
When the world is black and gray, what time would be more ideal
For Lancelot to come and steal Guinevere?

As the dawn filled the sky
On the day she would die
There was wonder far and near
Would the king burn Guinevere?

Then suddenly earth and sky were dazed by a pounding roar
And suddenly through the dawn an army began to pour
And lo, ahead the army, holding aloft his spear
Came Lancelot to save his dear Guinevere

By the score fell the dead
As the sky turned to red
Countless numbers felt his spear
As he rescued Guinevere

In that dawn, in that gloom
More than love met its doom
In the dying candle's gleam
Came the sundown of a dream

Guinevere, Guinevere
In that dim, mournful year
Saw the men she held most dear
Go to war for Guinevere

Guinevere, Guinevere
Guinevere, Guinevere
Saw the men she held most dear
Go to war for Guinevere
Guinevere, Guinevere, Guinevere


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Media
Films: Camelot (Soundtrack/Video) • ExcaliburQuest for CamelotKing Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Shorts: Knighty Knight BugsAnimaniacs (Sir Yaksalot) • Bugs Bunny in King Arthur's Court

Characters
KayleyGarrettAydenDevon and CornwallBladebeakRuberLady JulianaSir LionelKing ArthurMerlinThe GriffinRuber's minionsRock OgreKing Arthur's KnightsBladebeak's wifeGuinevereLancelot
Locations
CamelotEnglandJuliana's HomeThe Forbidden ForestDragon CountryRock Ogre's Cave
Weapons/Objects
ExcaliburThe Magic Stone
Songs
I Wonder What the King is Doing TonightThe Simple Joys of MaidenhoodCamelotC'est MoiThe Lusty Month of MayTake Me to the FairHow to Handle a WomanIf Ever I Would Leave YouWhat Do the Simple Folk Do?I Loved You Once in SilenceFollow MeGuinevereFinale Ultimo
See also
Quest for Camelot
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