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At the Will of my Knight and King

Ivone Pons Leyr

Tourney bound, there to vie for a crown
At the will of my knight and king.
Weapons take, though my life be at stake,
At the will of my knight and king.
I am duty-sworn to my knight high-born,
And his praises loud shall I sing.
Though I fall, I will serve in His hall,
At the will of my knight, now king.

Behind His throne is a place of my own
At the will of my knight and king.
I learn his will and seek it to fulfill
At the will of my knight and king.
Fine clothing now bestrides my limbs
And upon my hand his ring.
My oaths, though old, are remembered with gold
At the will of my knight and king.

A baron now, I must make new my vow
At the will of my knight and king.
A wife shall I take and a home for me make
At the will of my knight and king.
But the trumpet's call echoes war through the hall,
and I find the price my oath brings.
With heavy heart from my love must I part
At the will of my knight and king.

I march to war on a foreign shore
At the will of my knight and king.
His banner high will I hold 'til I die
At the will of my knight and king.
Though I die unknown with no burial stone
Perhaps this of me bards may sing
At my honor and pride, I lived and died
At the will of my knight and king.


"Written for competition for Bard of the West Beltane ASXXXVI. Yes, I had someone in mind when I wrote it. No, I'm not divulging whom (though he was impressed with it)." -- Ivone Pons Leyr

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