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"Siegfried von Hoflichskeit"
Karina of the Far West

How shall I hail him,
Siegfried the swordsman?
Heritage has he of
Serpent's-bane his namesake;
Twice had he taught us the
Weight of his blade-work,
Trouncing the tallest,
Winning the West-crown.
Forth on the fair field
Strides the strawberry's harvester;
Fails he of fresh fame,
Strong striking, but stricken.
Vie for him, Valkyries!
Valiant Siegfried is vanquished.

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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