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Bardic Arts

"Philip Dyemoke"
Rima of Rockridge

Philip of the Queen's Guard,
Once so debonair,
Lies slain upon the greensward,
Lovelocks in his hair.

Ladies of the Mistlands,
Loveknots in their hair,
Mourn sweet lips that kissed hands,
Seldom stopping there.

Philip of the bower,
Lover and trouvere,
Here's poppy for your flower
Who once sought maidenhair.

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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