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The Ęthelmarc Carol

To the tune of "The Agincourt Carol/Deo Gracias Anglia"
by
Aimeric de Foix
September, 2004 (A.S. XXXIX)

Cariadoc
Of the Bow
Declared himself
His greatest foe

The king sent missives to the East
Which said on their flesh the worms would feast
But to his surprise, all communications ceased
"They must be communing with their priest,"
said Cariadoc

Cariadoc
Of the Bow
Declared himself
His greatest foe

And so, time passed, and in a far land
He now made his home and did command
A letter he found written in his own hand
A stinging rejoinder was quickly planned
by Cariadoc

Cariadoc
Of the Bow
Declared himself
His greatest foe

Now comes to Pennsic both warrior and muse
As Middle fights East for points or two
All kingdoms join in, and none ever refuse
All gentles have fun, but one can't lose;
It's Cariadoc

Cariadoc
Of the Bow
Declared himself
His greatest foe

Quite a duel in a dell did arise.
Two ladies fought over their guys.
Though the victor struck true,
Credit lass number two
For the codpiece she got as her prize.


Written for the Bard of the Mists Competition, September, AS XXXIX (2004). This was the piece done for the "Pick three words out of the hat" competition, the three words chosen were "codpiece" (hence the limerick), "dell", and "victor".

"Disclaimer: This story, though widely known, is apocryphal. No letters were lost during the making of this War; the US postal service is as surprised by that as I am." -- Aimeric de Foix


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