On the Calontir Bardic List a month or so ago, there was a suggestion that the bards sing "Men of Harlech" for Dolan as he entered court. Though it was well meant, I thought it was much more fitting that he come in to a song that I had written.
I wrote the song on the same piece of road that I was travelling when I wrote the Hymn to the Soup Kitchen last Lilies.
The lyrics can be found behind the cut.
Feather gold through bright sky soars
Talon sharp strikes at the heart.
Prowess shown in far-flung wars
Yeoman skill is proven Art.
See the archers yew-bow stringing
See the ranks of foemen dying
Hear the bards lead people singing,
See the Falcon golden flying.
Touch the heart with song or tale,
By true voice make rafters ring.
With ancient deeds the folks regale.
The tribe will now with one voice sing.
Who has such talent well combined?
Welshman’s bow and bardic skill,
For this the Falcon Crown did find
Peer he’s been and ever will.
Well bless’d are we this day to see,
And come we all from far and near,
Dolan Laurel henceforth to be
Archer bard of Calontir.
Mistress Dorcas can be heard singing the song here:
My thanks to Dorcas and Mathurin for their recording work, and Seaghdha macRoberd who transcribed it as I drove and wrote.
- Current Mood: chipper