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Bardic Arts

Pearl of the West

by
Siobhán ní hEodhusa
April, 1999 (AS XXXIII)

Where the young sun leaps from cover
So to rule the growing day
I first looked on the beloved
I will never look away
Clad in green, crowned in Gold
Rich in grace manifold
I fell captive in the springtime
By the ever sounding bay

Chorus:
          While the heart beats in my breast
          I must pledge it and my hand
          To the Pearl of the West
          Where the seas kiss the land

Where the day’s eye in his splendor
Oversees the swelling corn
I swore faith and tender friendship
I will never be forsworn
While the bright banners flew
I wore silver and blue
And I burned with summer’s ardor
Underneath the flowering thorn

Chorus

Where the sunset bleeds in scarlet
Over necks of tawny sheaves
I rejoiced there in my darling
I will never have to grieve
Duties part us a while
Though between us stand miles
I read messages of favor
In the autumn’s crimson leaves

Chorus

Where the midnight burns like diamonds
Scattered by an hidden hand
I stood fast in floodtides climbing
I will never fail to stand
Though the storm rage and sigh
One will be true as I
As the live oak through the winter
My beloved, my Mistland

Chorus


‘Commissioned by Maeren, Princess of the Mists, as an anthem for the Mists, to match ‘To The West’. And here it occurs to me that I’d better write a little smaller if there is to be room for the future!’ -- Siobhán ní hEodhusa


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