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Bardic Arts

Ginevra's Call
by
Leah Raedaelf of Pagham
September 12, AS XXXVI (2001)

Based on the tune "Wayfaring Stranger" (trad.)

Our queen is calling us to service,
She sends us forth at our king's side.
And so we gather here together,
And with the morning's sun we'll ride.

(CHORUS)
So saddle me my sturdy pony
And bring my knight his war-horse tall.
Our king is leading us in battle
And we are answering the call.

We leave our homes, our friends and families.
Our daily cares we've set aside.
And so we raise our host together,
For at our sovereigns' side we'll ride.

(Chorus)

Our queen is famed for grace and beauty,
The king our champion for the light.
But now our days of peace are ended,
And They have called us to this fight.

(Chorus)

The Western lands are known world over,
The hearth of chivalry's bright flame,
So come stand proud 'midst Western brethren,
The ones who gave the world its name.

So saddle me my sturdy pony
And bring my knight his war-horse tall.
Our king is leading us in battle
And we are answering the call.
Our king is leading us in battle.
The West is answering the call.


"This song was inspired by Her Majesty's call to Her populace to go give blood after the attacks of September 11th. It's also appropriate in another way, as our forces prepare for the Great Western War [in October, 2001]." -- Leah Raedaelf of Pagham


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