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"Robert of Westmarch"
by
Gwydion pen Derwynn

Out of the ashes, the smoke of desolation
Calls forth the ghosts of the battlefield's slain,
"Rise up, ye warriors, again for your nation,
Let now the embers recall your last pain!"

Westmarch is broken, the forge is now gone,
No more the dint of the hammer shall sound;
Broken the blade that was forged in the dawn,
Broken lies Westmarch upon the cold ground.

Far from the land that had borne him to manhood,
Far from his country he rode to the West;
Robert of Westmarch, renowned for his armour,
Came to the Mistlands his prowess to test.

Westmarch is broken, the forge is now gone,
No more the dint of the hammer shall sound;
Broken the blade that was forged in the dawn,
Broken lies Westmarch upon the cold ground.

High in the mountains, the eagle is soaring,
Deep in the valley the ravens at feast
Call forth the memory of high chieftains warring,
Call forth the ghost of the man from the East.

Westmarch is broken, the forge is now gone,
No more the dint of the hammer shall sound;
Broken the blade that was forged in the dawn,
Broken lies Westmarch upon the cold ground.


From a collection of fighter poems titled Valhalla. This is from the section titled: "The Way It Was".

"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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