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Bardic Arts

First Servants
by
Leah Raedaelf of Pagham, Bard of the West
For October Crown Invocation, A.S. 38

Welcome to all, who gather to witness
The combat to chose our next Heirs to the Throne.
Welcome the wielders of Honorís bright sword blade,
And the consorts for whom all their valor is shown.
Each hope here today that Fate smiles upon them,
To bring them high station that they well deserve-
All giving their utmost in joy and in battle
To honor the kingdom that they strive to serve.

For our King is far more than just first among heroes,
He stands strong and tall, between us and Harm's blade,
And there, at His side, shines the West's inspiration,
For in our Queen's grace all our best is displayed.
But the weight of the Crowns is there to remind Them
Of the level of duty that we all demand.
Yes, heavy's the burden that our King and Queen bear,
For They're the first servants of this mighty land.

You vow here today to meet all with honor
To give of the finest that you have inside;
And whether you stand or you fall in the battle,
To leave the field worthy of your consortís pride.
Salute then your King, your Queen and your Kingdom,
Then honor the one whose favor you bear.
Make your last bow to your worthy opponent
Then strive forth with honor, as we heard you swear.

For our King will be more than just first among heroes,
Heíll stand strong and tall, between us and Harm's blade,
While there, at His side, shines the West's inspiration
For in our Queen's grace all our best is displayed.
But the weight of the Crowns is there to remind you
Of the level of duty that we will demand.
Yes, heavy's the burden that our King and Queen bear,
For They're the first servants of this mighty land.

And at the day's end, as They honor the victors,
With wreaths made of roses and laurel in hand,
They'll swear to Their Heirs that They'll pass on the burden
To be the first servants of this mighty land.


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