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Bardic Arts

The Bard
by
Catherine de Gray
August 17, 2003 (A.S. XXXVIII)

The strength of a bard lies not in his sword
But the power and beauty he commands with his words
And though she may not win a crown by her song
She can win her renown as a bard.
The words of a herald ring out in the court
And the words of the Crown speak of honour and war
But the rallying call to bring fire to the blood
Are the words and the songs of a bard.

          Stories of valour and chansons d’amour,
          Tales to inspire with fire and sword,
          Tunes that wring tears from the coldest of hearts
          Are the weapons and power of the bard.

A song to bring counsel to uneasy crowns
A song to soothe tempers when calming a crowd
A song to sing sweetly to lull a child
Is the duty and art of the bard.
To recount our history so we ne’er forget
To teach our newcomers of our past events
To welcome the stranger into our hall
This is the power of the bard.
Stories of valour and chansons d’amour,

          Tales to inspire with fire and sword,
          Tunes that wring tears from the coldest of hearts
          Are the weapons and power of the bard.

So welcome the poet or singer inspired
Usher them into your camp and your fire
Give them your courtesy, honour their craft
And heed well the words of the bard.
For whether it’s folktunes or ancient laments
Or humourous filks with bawdy intent
There’s wisdom and learning to be found in the words
The songs and the tales of the bard.
Stories of valour and chansons d’amour,

          Tales to inspire with fire and sword,
          Tunes that wring tears from the coldest of hearts
          Are the weapons and power of the bard.


"Written for the Mists Bardic competition, A.S. 38" -- Catherine de Gray


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