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Bardic Arts

Faith

by
Catherine de Gray
September 9, 2004 (A.S. XXXIX)

We are the makers of legend and story
We live our lives in the ways of the past
We follow the paths of who came here before us
We strive to make grace and nobility last
To honor our Kingdom and bring to it glory
To bring unto others the joy we have found
Remaking a world from the best of our history
Where honor is custom and valor renowned

I will have faith that our vision's a true one
I will have faith in the honor of all
Faith in our families and faith in our people
Faith that we each will heed chivalry's call
Faith that the children will heed all our lessons
As they grow up to become Kings and Queens
Carrying forward the strength of our vision
Living reality rather than dream

We're not so different from those all around us
Each craves a place where true heroes survive
We inspire our people to deeds of great valor
Creating a haven of grace in our lives
We will take up all the tasks laid before us
Teaching and sharing to make this realm last
Urging the others who follow our footsteps
To take up our challenge and make it hold fast

I will have faith that our vision's a true one
I will have faith in the honor of all
Faith in our families and faith in our people
Faith that we each will heed chivalry's call
Faith that the children will heed all our lessons
As they grow up to become Kings and Queens
Carrying forward the strength of our vision
Living reality rather than dream

I came to this land when I was still a youngster
I joined in the work of the folk of the West
I sang all our songs and I learned all our stories
And learned that the path to find honor was best
Now I will pass on the knowledge I've gained here
And continue to foster both science and art
I'll give of my service to my Crown and people
Protecting the dreams of the West Kingdom's heart

I will have faith that our vision's a true one
I will have faith in the honor of all
Faith in our families and faith in our people
Faith that we each will heed chivalry's call
Faith that the children will heed all our lessons
As they grow up to become Kings and Queens
Carrying forward the strength of our vision
Living reality rather than dream


"Though not a competitor, I was inspired by the topic of "faith" at Mists Bardic. This was written with gracious assistance from Baroness Leah Raedaelf of Pagham and Duke Frederick of Holland; I am indebted to them. " -- Catherine de Gray


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