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"I Loved You Once in Silence" 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) cunningly convinces King Arthur (Richard Harris) to stay out hunting all night as a test, knowing Lancelot due Lac (Franco Nero) will visit Guinevere (Vanessa Redgrave) in her bedchamber. Everything happens as Mordred expected. Guinevere admits her feelings for Lancelot but still feels guilty.

Lyrics

I loved you once in silence
And misery was all I knew
Trying so to keep my love from showing
All the while not knowing you loved me too
Yes, loved me in lonesome silence;
Your heart filled with dark despair
Knowing love would flame in you forever
And I'd never, never know the flame was there
Then one day we cast away our secret longing;
The raging tide we held inside would hold no more
The silence at last was broken
We flung wide our prison door
Every joyous word of love was spoken
And now there's twice as much grief
Twice the strain for us;
Twice the despair
Twice the pain for us
As we had known before

The silence at last was broken
We flung wide our prison door
Every joyous word of love was spoken
And after all had been said
Here we are, my love
Silent once more
And not far, my love
From where we were before


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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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