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Bardic Arts

Magdalene
by
Leah Raedaelf of Pagham, Bard of the West
First performed at the Mists Bardic Competition
September, A.S. XXXVIII

Atop the hill that Magdalene climbs
Stands a castle gray.
Windows of fire held in its walls of stone
Watch the fading day.

Refrain:
Those who strive to make it to this hall,
Those who struggle on,
Will be welcomed in and warmed
By firelight and song.

The road you tread up to this castle fair
Climbs the steepest slope.
No place to stop along the weary miles,
No glimpse of rest or hope.

Refrain

No shorter path will bring you to its gate
No strength or talent rare.
Only your deeds along its winding miles
Gain you entrance there.

Refrain

Atop the hill that Magdalene climbs
Stands our castle gray.
Windows of jewel held in its walls of stone
Watch the fading day.

Those who strive to make it to our hall,
Those who struggle on,
We will welcome in and warm
By firelight and song.
By firelight and song.


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