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Bardic Arts

Legionnaire's Way

by
Siegfried von Hoflichskeit
May 11, 1985 (A.S. XX)

I was born to the Eagles, called Caesar "My Lord",
   And I thought of the Legion as home,
And from my first taste of the salt on the sword
   I owed my allegiance to Rome.

Chorus:   For Rome is the Mother that I'll never see,
               She was dead long before my birth.
              Mithras, my Father, stand guard over me
              While I wander the lands of the Earth.

Long ago, when the Empire held sway through the world,
   We answered the Legionnaire's call,
While the Eagles gleamed gold, and the banners unfurled
   Led my forefathers north into Gaul.

Chorus

The years told their stories, of battles and stands,
   While our blood marked the borders each day,
And when mighty Rome fell, like the wind-blasted sands
   We held to the Legionnaire's Way.

Chorus

For a hundred-score years, while Kingdoms have grown,
   And then flourished, and then died away,
We have raised up our sons in the memory of Rome,
   And the dreams of an earlier day.

Chorus

And so I have quested across the long years,
   On a journey without end or goal,
Until in the Mistlands I came to my peers,
   And Katherine came to my soul.

Chorus

And now I am Prince of this far, foreign land,
   And my duty is all to my Throne.
My Lady sits by me, upon my left hand,
   And I know I need not be alone.

Chorus

(First ending)

Yet still, as I lie all awake in the night,
   Though the Mistland may now be my home,
My eyes see the Eagles ablaze in the light --
   And my heard ever yearns for Rome.

Chorus

Chorus

(Final ending)

And so I have given my days to this land,
   'Til the tale of my Ruling is done,
My Heir stands before me, my time is at hand,
   And the Mistlands, the home that I've won.

Chorus

And though I am weary, and falter at last,
   And I know this will be my last day,
My sons shall remember the dreams of our past,
   And hold to the Legionnaire's Way.

Chorus

And now, as the day dims, and I face the night,
   And I bid a farewell to my home,
I'll fly with the Eagles, and soar in the light --
   And I'll wake in the morning in Rome.

Chorus

Chorus


Copyright ©1985, David C. Thewlis

"This song was written for the Investiture of Gaius Marcellus Librus Aukandus and Katherine of Bristol as Prince and Princess of the Mists, May 11, A.S. XX, 1985. "Ending One" is how it was performed at that time. Upon Gaius' leaving the throne, the entire song with "Ending Two" was performed." -- Siegfried von Hoflichskeit


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