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Bardic Arts

Three Hearts

by
Branwen Cryccthegn Deorcwuda
November 18, 2000 (AS XXXV)

One heart for the music, which brings our souls to dance
One heart for chivalry, for skill with sword and lance
One heart for the boundless love shared with great and small
Three hearts bequeathed to us by the bard of our hall.

They were children of the sun, lost that moonless night
stranded on a lonely road, no one to heed their plight
He chose to hear them, and gave them words to say
wove for them bright images to ease them on their way.

In a pocket of the hills, bathed in golden light
for St. Katherine’s college he did choose to fight
his blow was mighty, and wit and sword did wield
falling for his comrades, so they could take the field.

At the edges of a war stood strangers to this place
In the shadow of the Western flag, wonder in each face
They are not outsiders now, not alone, for he
Has woven them with welcome into our tapestry.

When the storm breaks open, the skies about you fall
he will bring you to his hearth and feast you in his hall
with this bread broken, he is more than friend
a steward for the one he loves, these hurts and woes to mend.

Now the bard grows tired, weary of these tasks
Lending out his heart and strength to every one who asks
Is his song silent? No, that cannot be:
Gift him with your heartsong, as he has gifted thee.

One heart for the music, which brings our souls to dance
One heart for chivalry, for skill with sword and lance
One heart for the boundless love shared with great and small
Three hearts bequeathed to us by the bard of our hall.


for John Theophilous, Bard of the Mists
written by Branwen Cryccthegn Deorcwuda
and Arianwen o’ Aberystwyth
presented at Investiture, November 18, AS XXXV


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