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Colin MacLear
Beltane Coronation, May, AS XXXV (2000)

"Masterwork" Entry for Bard of the West Competition

Through mists a good squire came riding, questing, the squire was seeking
A cure that a demon had spoke of for his knight lying still at death’s door

Not wounded in glorious tourney nor fallen in bravely fought battle
But poisoned by sorcery’s malice a cowardly deed to be sure

The Sorcere had come in the night disguised as a beggar in need
“Good sir, give me alms and a place to sleep by your fire on the floor”

The generous knight had consented, gave gold and good food and a bed
But envy consumed the Sorcere, by magic he sought to take more

Evil the words that he spake, dark powers he sought to invoke
Incantations he uttered to raise his demons, who blackened the sky

Against them the knight could not stand, his armor and shield they did rend
Claws dripping with venom they struck and soon the knight fell with a cry

In darkness the demons departed, convinced that the knight was defeated
Their payment would wait until later the Sorcere’s black soul at his death

But squire in hiding had witnessed this brutal attack on his master
He ran to him now and discovered the knight had not spent his last breath

Caught he by a wing the last demon and, pinned to the ground with his dagger,
It told of the Sorcere’s dark power, revealed how his knight he could cure

“Ride forth without looking behind, tell all you shall meet of what happened
This story nine-thousand times told and your knight he shall languish no more

Through mists a good squire came riding, questing, the squire was seeking
A cure that a demon had spoke of for his knight lying still at death’s door.


This is from Colin's CD and accompanying booklet "Bardic Fire", which contains pieces that Colin created and performed during his tenure as Bard of the West.


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