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"Bela of Eastmarch"
by William the Lucky

It was the bold Sir William, called Lucky by the folk
Who came unto the tourney, one day when springtime spoke
In birds and buds and bloodbeat and ladies' eyes grown soft,
And in the battle-banners that call men's hearts aloft.
Now dance the measure lightly!

A good and faithful servant to all the Western realm
As seneschal and poet, this day he bore a helm;
And tall amidst the tourney, his blazon shining bright,
He asked the gathered worthies if they would care to fight.
Now dance the measure lightly!

The warriors were eager; the strife grew hight and hot.
In gallantry and gladness, Sir William gave and got.
Where shields were suns and stormclouds, where swords like eagles flew
He fell, but never faltered. And he will fight anew.
Now dance the measure lightly!


From a collection of fighter poems titled Valhalla. This is from the section titled: "The Way It Was".

"Long ago, the West Kingdom bards decided to produce poems for every fighter in each crown lists. We carried this on for several years before finally faltering. A large number of bards were required, since the lists kept getting larger and eventually the effort involved wore us out. Even so, we published two volumes of the best of the fighter poems. I was president of the college of bards of the West Kingdom at that time and I regard that effort as perhaps the most satisfying thing I ever achieved in the SCA." -- Steven MacEanruig


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