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Bardic Arts

Grendel War Song

by
Bella Caterina Malatesta
April 2007 (A.S. XLI)

Tune Original / Chorus: Cantiga 189, "Ben Pode Santa Maria," 13th century

We are all kinsmen united in battle
We are a family of sisters-in-arms
We stand side-by-side in peace or in peril
We shine with the glory of heaven's bright stars
Taught by the darkness and schooled in the shadows
Tempered with beauty by a lioness' hand
Learn well the lessons and follow their teachings
Respect well the power you learn to command

Honor and courage, justice and mercy
Chivalry, courtesy, wisdom and faith
Fight for your Kingdom and fight for Cynagua
Valor brings victory, Might Makes Way

Our children bear weapons as soon as they're able
To fight in defense of their families and homes
We teach them the paths of both honor and virtue
The value of history and the wealth of renown
Do not mistake them or scorn their low stature
Our cubs have a bite and have claws of cold steel
For learning and lore and the ways of the noble
Are not the sole weapons that our children wield

Honor and courage, justice and mercy
Chivalry, courtesy, wisdom and faith
Fight for your Kingdom and fight for Cynagua
Valor brings triumph and Might Makes Way

We are the black of the Swan's ebon feathers
We are the crimson red blood in her veins
We are the silver of war-tempered weapons
And we are the gold of the Western sun's flame
This is no tourney, but battle most fiercesome
We fight 'til our enemies die or have fled
We fight to the death for the rights of Cynagua
Trample the weak and hurdle the dead

Honor and courage, justice and mercy
Chivalry, courtesy, wisdom and faith
Fight for your Kingdom and fight for Cynagua
Valor brings victory, Might Makes Way


"Written for the bardic war point at Mists-Cynagua War. "Trample the weak, hurdle the dead" was something Gemini asked me to put in there when I wrote the war unit's song." -- Bella Caterina Malatesta


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