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Bardic Arts

"Robert of Westmarch"
by
Douglas Brownbeard

O who are these who step so slow
And wear not silk but steel array?
O these are knights who sought the Crown
And died in the West on Tourney Day.

And who is this who with them walks
Yet calls his death unwelcome rest?
He is, but would no be, their lord,
Robert of Westmarch, marching West.


From a collection of fighter poems titled Valhalla. This is from the section titled: "Death and Glory".

"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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