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Bardic Arts

To King And Crown
by
Catherine de Gray
March 3, 2003 (A.S. XXXVII)

There is a land that I love best
Where hearts are filled with chivalry
The living jewel that is the West
A noble birthplace of Kings and Queens.
I stood beneath a mighty oak
From sea to mountains its branches spread
And from the leaves a voice that spoke
Its words still echo in my head

Chorus:
O my land of the West, we sing to thee
Of beauty’s heart and deeds renowned
From mountains tall to cobalt sea
We stand in service to King and Crown.

In Western lands there is a light
That gives its warmth to all within
Beneath the shadow of the might
Of noble hearts, both friend and kin.
The children of this mighty oak
Its branches twined with roses red,
Its Kings lead us with strength and hope
Its Queens with art and grace defend.

Chorus:
O my land of the West, we sing to thee
Of beauty’s heart and deeds renowned
From mountains tall to cobalt sea
We stand in service to King and Crown.

O Western land your children live
Beneath the banners of their homes
Of Swan and Wolf and gentle Mists
It calls to them where e’er they roam.
My Western land, your beauty lasts
Your triumph echoes ‘round the world
As we come forward into the past
Your laurel banner is e’er unfurled.

Chorus:
O my land of the West, we sing to thee
Of beauty’s heart and deeds renowned
From mountains tall to cobalt sea
We stand in service to King and Crown.


Written for the Bard of the West competition, A.S. 38


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