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Bardic Arts

Trust's Symbol
by
Leah Raedaelf of Pagham, Bard of the West
Purgatorio Coronation, A.S. 38

A knight gave his squire the pledge of his word,
To train him in all that he’d learn.
To treat all with honor still in every act
Was all the knight asked in return.
And with the pledge given a token they’d need,
A symbol for all men to see.
Reminding all of the bond that’s held so dear
As we strive each day towards chivalry.

So take from my hands the belt that you’ll bear,
The symbol of my trust in you.
Wear it with honor and honor it well
In all that you say and you do.

The day that the King raised the squire to a knight
The first belt he had to return.
And great was the pride of his knight on that day
To witness the rite that he’d earned.
And with the pledge given a token they’d need,
A symbol for all men to see.
Reminding all of the bond that’s held so dear
As we strive each day towards chivalry.

So take from my hands the chain that you’ll bear,
The symbol of our trust in you.
Wear it with honor and honor it well
In all that you say and you do.

And now the great circle has turned through its course,
As King of the West Alden stands;
And to his old knight, who had trained Him so well,
He promises all of His lands.
And with the pledge given a token They’ll need,
A symbol for all men to see.
Reminding all of the bond that’s held so dear
As we strive each day towards chivalry.

So take from Our hands the Crown that You’ll bear,
The symbol of Our trust in you.
Wear it with honor and honor it well
In all that you say and you do.


"For King Alden, upon His stepping down from the Throne of the West and for King Ragnar, upon His stepping up in His squire’s place." -- Leah Raedaelf of Pagham


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