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Bardic Arts

Camelot (For My Champion)
by
Leah Raedaelf of Pagham, Bard of the West
May 1, AS XXXIX (2004)

The mother was holding her daughter in close,
Her girl not yet woman full-grown.
I watched as she gazed on the token well-earned
From the hero who stands by My Throne.
The tears in her voice were as clear as her words,
"I'm proud of you," all that she said;
To see the small pendant upon its thin string
Far more than a unicorn's head.

For My Champion has challenged the Kingdom for Me-
A token he's chosen to share
For virtue that walks in the guise of us all,
It's the symbol of kindness you wear.

He called on the Kingdom to share with Us tales
Of the deeds that make our dreaming real—
Reminders of courtesy, tokens of hope,
From a world that is far from ideal.
On days when I've doubted My strength for this task,
When My hopes to find Camelot fade,
I've looked to see unicorns each way I turn
And found courtesy proudly displayed.

Refrain

Some say that the days of true heroes are passed,
Both honor and chivalry gone;
That Camelot fell even ere it began,
But now I am certain they're wrong.
For I have found champions each way I turn,
Seen each one full worthy of praise.
The heroes we honor still people the West,
No less than in earlier days.

And My Champion has challenged the Kingdom for Me-
A token he's chosen to share
For virtue that walks in the guise of us all,
It's the symbol of kindness you wear.
It's his symbol of kindness you wear.


"For Her Majesty Ivone's Champion, Beltane A.S. XXXIX." -- Leah Raedaelf of Pagham, Bard of the West


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