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Bardic Arts

Honor of the Swan
by
Torvald Torgarson
Cynagua Winter Investiture
January, 1998 (AS XXXII)

Young child, watching
      do you understand?
Why we strive and why we fight
      on the ericís green clad strand.
Sit down here beside me
      and Iíll explain it if I can
How we honor those who came
      before us in this land

Chorus
We hear the echoes of the past
      and know there memíries now will last
The joy and pain are shared by everyone

We stand here now upon the field
      no surrender, none will yield
Maybe someday you will be the one
      To carry on the honor of the Swan

Young man, watching
      learning all he can
Brand new armor on his form
      a new sword in his hand
Waiting for his name to call
      for his first time on the field
Smiling at his lady
      for the love he knows is real

They hear the echoes of the past
      and know their memíries now will last
The joy and pain are shared by everyone

They stand here now upon the field
      no surrender, none will yield
Maybe someday they will be the ones
      to carry on the honor of the Swan

Their Highnessí, watching
      over all this land
Soon theyíll place the coronets
      into anotherís hands
Safely in the knowledge
      of the honor they bestow
Upon the Lord and Lady
      with whom the realm will grow

They hear the echoes of the past
      and know their memíries now will last
The joy and pain is shared by everyone

They stand there now upon the field
      no surrender, none will yield
Now they now their heirs will be the ones
      to carry on the honor of the Swan


This song was written for the stepping down of Prince Thorfinn and Princess Katherine of Cynagua. It was meant to convey the continuous circle of our society from newcomer to oldtimer, whether peer or not, but the dream we hold. -- Torvald


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