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Bardic Arts

The Queen of Lilies

Sherry Kramer and
Siegfried von Hoflichskeit
(Date unknown)

All morning we rode in a world grey with rain,
That covered the tears that men shed for a queen;
For she was as fair as the moonlight on lilies.
Her birthright was laughter and loving and living,
And evil the fortune that left her that day
With nothing but dreamers and lilies and rain.

She smiled at me once as she cantered by,
I remember her now through the mists of the rain;
And then in this moment give thanks for the day
That brought me to serve such a glorious queen,
And I laud the gods that let me keep living
In the mud of a world that still can grow lilies.

Far above the roses I'll always love lilies;
Pale, tall, and proud, they're often passed by
For flowers more suited to our way of living.
Yet sometimes in springtime and sometimes in rain
The heard has a need for a goddoess, or queen,
And such was the need that I felt on that day.

I left home and followed, as night follows day,
Followed the flag of my lady of lilies,
And rode into war at the side of my queen.
The people came out to watch us go by;
We waved, and they cheered, and what is the rain
To an army of dreamers grown weary of living?

But mostly the world is made up of living
For more than an instant, an hour, a day,
Be it ever so full of sunshine or rain.
And it's hard to remember a loyalty to lilies;
Hard to remember, when she's passed on by,
The face or the fate of a fortuneless queen.

They say she was damned, or else mad, our queen,
But she gave us grace with her loving and living,
And never have angels been closer to men
Or ridden to war as we did on that day;
She led us to battle, in April, in rain;
Laughing, and singing, and crowned all in lilies.

One last homage to our queen, now at break of day;
We betray her by living. Let us bring her lilies
And silent pass her by, and leave her to the rain.

Words by Sherry Kramer. Music by Dave Thewlis.

Original Scanned Document with Chords for first verse

"Words by Sherry Kramer, a very early SCA member - even before we had SCA names - I wrote the music. Appears in several different songbooks; I sang this all the time." -- Siegfried von Hoflichskeit

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