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For Uther and Kaaren, Stepping Down
Tune: John Doan, “Yeats Country”
Catherine de Gray
August 23, 2004 (A.S. XXXIX)

The Western Wind sings to me tonight
Of the legends who ruled in this place
Of days of plenty and the valor of war
Of memories no time can erase
Of a King so noble, his hand ever open
A master of men of great fame
Of a Queen so graceful, her light touched all
Will we e’er see her like again?

We have heard it said in the Heroes Hall
There can not be hesitation or doubt
That we all must strive greatly to honor our land
And we must fight to bring it about
And the King, our sovereign, will lead us forth
Both in times of plenty and war
But our Queen holds our beauty, our grace, and our faith
It is she whom the sun shines for.

The Western Wind sings to me tonight
Of a time that now draws to a close
Of a reign of light and honor bright
Of a time when we fought back all foes
And of Uther, mighty, what shall I sing now?
And of Kaaren, our beauty, our Queen?
Say that they ruled fair and they gave us their care
And we ne’er shall forget all their deeds

Yes, say their reign shone in the bright Western sun
And we ne’er shall forget all their deeds.

"Written for Uther and Kaaren on their stepping down at Purgatorio, AS 39." -- Catherine de Gray

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