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Bardic Arts

A Hymn
by
Frederick of Holland
(1999)

          CHORUS:
          Hold fast to kin, cleave to your friends,
          All on that day when dark descends.
          They'll bring you light when you have none
          And lead you back into the sun

In Springtime the _days are merry and bright
Yet Death will call _clouds that rob you of light
In the bright days of Spring Death will bring a friend low
And away from the light into darkness you'll go

          CHORUS:

In Summer the _days are hot and they're long
The warm nights are _brief and filled with our song.
On a hot Summer's day, Death will take a young bride
And you'll stand, with eyes staring, and in darkness bide.

          CHORUS:

In Autumn the _days are shorter and chill
The night-time lasts longer in woods and on hill.
Yet more dark and more cold than long nights in the Fall
Is the darkness Death brings you, when he comes to call.

          CHORUS:

In Winter though _cold and darkness do reign
We know that the Springtime will come round again
Death will take that bright blessing from leader or peer
And will wrap you in darkness that counts not the year.

          CHORUS:

Death counts not the season, nor cares that you care
But kinfolk and friends will hold you from despair
They will gather around you in your darkest night
And will comfort and guide you again to the light

          Hold fast to kin, cleave to your friends,
          All on that day when dark descends.
          They'll bring you light when you have none
          And lead you back into the sun.


© 2003 Frederick J. Hollander.
This was performed at Beltane, A.S. XXXVIII (2003), for the Bard of the West competition. This was performed for the competition as Frederick's tie-breaker between he and Leah Raedulf of Pagham. (Leah won the competition, but it was fierce ...)


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