And lo a maiden fair blessed, to be sure,
Beauty is not Princess Beatrice’s sole allure.
Her names means blessed and she is kind and loving and caring.
Her focus on helping others is unerring.
Prince Aric as her betrothed is strong and true,
Brought up to be a king–his name means ruler–his wisdom grew.
Yet his dark mane and brooding gaze
Belies a gentleness of spirit in his ways.
Promised from birth, childhood friends Beatrice and Aric were told
That their union would prevent strife from taking hold.
The burden of peace rested heavily on their heads.
They cannot fail their nations, and so they were wed.
But realizing that their lot is to be a binding tie
They feel caught in the middle of a very great lie.
Happiness seems beyond their hopeful grasp.
Only in front of others do their hands clasp.
But in private, they do not trouble each other.
Instead of man and wife, they live like sister and brother.
Separate lives further erode their wish for joy,
With no hope for children, not a girl nor a boy.
Then one day in the first year they are wed
Prince Aric is taken ill with a fever in his head.
His death is what everyone fears.
But Princess Beatrice caringly tends him and stays near.
Throughout the night, Beatrice keeps watch over him
Cooling his brow, she prays and soothes as lights grow dim.
And blessedly in the morn, Aric awakens with his fever is abating,
But still, he rests in bed for a few days of endless waiting.
And all this while, Beatrice tends to Aric’s needs,
Admonishing him to take care, since one day he will lead.
Their shared time together is full of laughter and fun,
Helping them both to see the benefits in being united as one.
That they can be friends and maybe more
As they learn to cherish, to love, and to adore
Each other as husband and wife.
And with their new love, together they begin to build a life.
But fate plays a cruel twist and Beatrice soon becomes sick.
Of the same malady that had befallen her husband, Prince Aric.
But her illness lasts days longer, causing worry to all,
That their princess will not recover, but wither away and fall.
Watching vigil over his lady love, Aric can’t lose her now.
So he prays for God to spare her, and he makes a solemn heartfelt vow.
“Give her health and life and take mine if you must,
For our union is now a joy, a gladness, and a sacred trust.
Throughout the night of Beatrice’s illness’ third and final night.
Prince Aric slept by her side and would not let her out of his sight.
And in the morning he wakens to find his wife cheerful and well,
Her fever having broken and she was no longer under death’s spell.
Prince Aric rejoices and gives thanks for this great boon.
But then he remembers his vow and he fears their parting will be soon.
How can he tell his wife of his promise to give his life for hers?
His life now belongs to God, to their holy man he assures.
My son, you are in error, if you think God wants your life.
Your promise will be fulfilled when you rule well beside your wife.
And at the end of your days, many many years from now.
You will reflect on your life and see the truth of your vow.
When Aric told his love of the vow that he made before God,
Beatrice also confessed to him of her own vow with a nod.
She had asked God to spare him, if only he would.
To let Aric live to rule his people for their good.
Each had made a promise to spare the other from death’s sting.
Loving vows of hope for a future together is what they will bring.
So throughout their years, Beatrice and Aric are happy, loving, and kind,
To each other and all they meet, because love’s enduring bond is a tie that binds.
“Once Upon a Time: Promises of Love” story logo image (cropped, brightened, color) is of Lucy Griffiths (portraying Lady Marian) and Richard Armitage (portraying Sir Guy of Gisborne) in the BBC production of Robin Hood season 2, epi 6 (pix 102) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasontwo/Episode6/slides/rh206_102.html