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"Brian Dritar an Conn"
Ruth of the Far North

Brian Dritar an Conn, the sweet singer,
    Dispeller of gloom,
Took of the blade from its bringer,
    And danced to his doom.

Brian, in spring-shine, time's trouvere,
    With a flower in bloom
At his helm's crest, laughed like a lover,
    And danced to his doom.

Brian, brave fighter, glad gleeman,
    Sleeps in his tomb.
Is there one now who sings of her lemen,
    Who danced to his doom?

From a collection of fighter poems titled Valhalla. This is from the section titled: "Mourning The Fallen".

"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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