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"Christopher of Hoghton"
by
Philip Dyemoke

D'ye ken young Hoghton, with his body all red?
D'ye ken young Hoghton, with his helm on his head?
D'ye ken young Hoghton, and the poor fellow's dead,
With his plates and his chain in the morning!

For the sound of his battle raised a terrible din,
And we all said his death was a shame and a sin.
Oh, it's not nice to hack up His Majesty's kin,
With his plates and his chain in the morning!


From a collection of fighter poems titled Valhalla. This is from the section titled: "The Lighter Side of Dying".

"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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