(This fragmentary lyric tells of the death of a West Kingdom warrior in a battle which appears to have taken place in the latter part of the year VIII.)
(The poet complains of a hard life, and praises former Kings.) Much have I wandered in this world's kingdoms, Known many sorrows, hardships suffered, Because of betrayals and speakers in secret, Slanderers weaving webs of lies. The world worsens, when I remember 5 The noble ring-givers who ruled in peace, Givers of gold to bards and wisemen, Loyal in lordship and worthy of honor, Great is my grieving that they are gone. Knights and nobles now seek the kingship. 10 The fultures rejoice in the ceaseless slaughter. Where is the warrior who shall lead the people In paths of peace or glorious battle. For Douglas of Hvitamyrr this day is fallen. (Several lines are missing at this point; when the MS resumes, the poet is describing the battle.) Grey with cloud the storm-god's playground 15 On the day that brought us sorrow. Icy winds blasted the spring tide With the bitter breath of winter. The white sea-gull cries out in sadness. The waves sigh worn out with grief. 20 Swift the sword-play, long and hard the battle That they fought upon the seastrand. Many the foes, and fierce the fighter Who downed at last the noble Douglas. (The poet praises the fallen hero.) Brave he was, the brown-bearded warrior, 25 Never fleeing from battle's fury; Sage in speech when counselors gathered; A mighty word-smith skillful in singing, Of odin's mead deep had he drunk. Now the bright-haired maiden mourns him. 30 Praising his prowess the warriors weep. (The hero will go to Valhalla; the poet expresses forebodings for the future.) Hoofbeats thunder in the heavens, And the horns of Odin's daughters Promise glory to the hero - - Valkyries will reward his valour. 35 In Middle Earth the sound of mourning Fills the air. Where shall we find Another such leader for this land?
"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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