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"Raymond the Mild"
Bela of Eastmarch

Master Raymond called the Mild
Often had delighted,
With his singing, lady, child,
Peasant, squire, and knighted.

But the trumpet's voice beguiled,
Summoning to tourney.
Master Raymond called the Mild
Busked him for the journey.

Glory waited, undefiled,
Star-crown bright upon her.
Master Raymond called the Mild
Fell in highest honor.

From a collection of fighter poems titled Valhalla. This is from the section titled: "Mourning The Fallen".

"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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