Garryl the Harper has standit forth
And his music laid aside,
He's set on his head a pig-faced helm
His bonny brow to hide.
He's come to the field with his ain bright sword
That's shining as the flame,
He's ta'en upon his arm the shield
That knows no stain of shame.
The boldest men o' the West hae come
And he's met them ane by ane,
The knights o' the West fight on today
But Garryl Harper is 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
The West Kingdom History Website was created by and is maintained by Hirsch von Henford (mka Ken Mayer).