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Bardic Arts

"Edgar the Unready"
by
Francesca the Bemused

If gallantry could win the day,
And modesty secure the Crown,
This knight would well be on his way
To bringing all the others down.
If noblest Mouse with fiercest pride
Could triumph at the tourney,
This gentle lord, his sword aside,
Has well begun the journey.

If fighting fast and fighting well
Could make his quiet knight Crown Prince,
He'd be the King at Beltane's knell - -
And would have been, long since.
But Fate's hand in the lists is steady,
To no mere man will e'er she yield:
And so Sir Edgar the Unready
Lies glorious fallen on the field.


From a collection of fighter poems titled Valhalla. This is from the section titled: "For Our Friends Among The Slain".

"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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