TO DEFEND THOSE, WHO CANNOT DEFEND THEMSELVES

Awhile ago I was watching tv, knights of the round table and such. The following day as I was

driving this idea was going round in my head , later when Id stopped I started to write down some

lines, I just intended for it to be a poem or even a song of a few verses. The problem then started

that the more I wrote the more idea's came, so what started out as a standard piece has now

grown into this saga, So I do hope you'll forgive my indulgence

  

      TO DEFEND THOSE, WHO CANNOT DEFEND THEMSELVES

  

I MET MY FAIR LADY ON A COLD WINTERS DAY

AS SHE RODE THRU THE SNOW ON HER STALLION OF GREY

OUR EYES THEY DID MEET AND MY FAIR LADY DID SAY

PRAY TELL ME KIND SIR CAN YOU SHOW ME THE WAY

FOR IVE JOURNEYED LONG TO BE HERE WERE WE ARE

IM TIRED AND IM WEARY FOR I HAVE TRAVELLED SO FAR

BUT THERE’S MANY MORE MILES TILL MY QUEST DOTH END

IN THE LAND WERE THE GREAT KNIGHTS AND PROTECTORS DEFEND

  

I BID MY FAIR LADY FROM HER FINE STEED ALIGHT

AND TO REST BY MY FIRE THRU THIS COLD WINTERS NIGHT

AND PARTAKE OF SOME FOOD AND A CUP OF MULLED WINE

AND TO REST HERSELF GENTLE AT LEAST FOR SOME TIME

FOR I SHALL STAND GUARD YOU MAY REST WITHOUT FEAR

NOT THIEF NOR WILD CREATURE NONE SHALL BOTHER YOU HERE

MY SWORD AT YOUR SERVICE YOUR LIFE ILL DEFEND

TILL THE SUN WARMS THE DAWN AND THIS COLD NIGHT DOTH END

  

YOUR KINDNESS MOST WELCOME MY FAIR LADY PROCLAIM

FOR SUCH HONOR IS ABSENT IN THE LAND WHEN’ST I CAME

MY LIFE AND MY VIRTUE I SHALL PLACE IN YOUR KEEP

PRAY SIR GUARD ME WELL FOR NOW I MUST SLEEP

AND ALL THRU THAT NIGHT I JUST GAZED ON HER FACE

AND WONDERED WHAT TRIALS HAD BROUGHT HER TO THIS PLACE

FOR A FAIR YOUNG MAIDEN TO BE TRAVILLIN ALONE

WITHOUT GUARDS TO PROTECT HER AND SO FAR FROM HER HOME

  

CAME THE DAWN SHE AROSE AND WE BOTH SAT TO SPEAK

I ASKED MY FAIR LADY WHY WARRIORS SHE DOTH SEEK

MY HOMELAND IS RAVAGED WE HAVE FOUGHT BUT IN VAIN

MY FATHER LIES DIE’ING AND MY BROTHERS LAY SLAIN

FOR A SAVAGE WARLORD WITH HIS ARMY OF MIGHT

LAY WASTE TO ALL BEFORE THEM WITH THEIR VENGENCE AND SPITE

FOR NOW I SEEK VENGENCE THO I KNOW IT BE WRONG

FOR THEIR DEATHS I DOTH CRAVE WE HAVE SUFFERED TOO LONG

  

MY FAIR LADY CONTINUED WITH TEARS IN HER EYES

AS SHE TOLD OF THE CRUELTY BY THE UNCIVILISED

AND THO SHE SPOKE GENTLY OF THE TRAILS AND THE WOE’S

THAT HER PEOPLE DOTH BARE AT THE HANDS OF THEIR FOE’S

AND SO I SEEK MEN WHO WITH HONOR EXCEL

WHO STAND AND DEFEND THOSE WHO CANNOT DEFEND THEMSELVES

MANY LIVES RELY ON ME THO IM FAR FROM HOME

MY QUEST I MUST FINISH OR ELSE DIE ALONE

  

YOUR STORY DOTH MOVE ME YET HOW BRAVELY YOU STAND

YOUR CAUSE IT IS JUST ILL NOW TAKE YOU IN HAND

FOR WE MUST BRING JUSTICE TO THOSE OF WHOM YOU SPEAK

AND ILL BE YOUR GUIDE TO THE MEN THAT YOU SEEK

THESE WARRIORS AND KNIGHTS WHO ARE BRAVE AND SO STRONG

WHO FIGHT TO PUT RIGHT WHAT HATH BEEN DONE WRONG

FOR THEY LAY TO THE WEST THEY ARE MEN YOU CAN TRUST

AN ARMY OF MIGHT WHO ARE NOBLE AND JUST

  

SO COME MOUNT YOUR STALLION AND LET US AWAY

FOR MANY A MILE WE MUST TRAVEL THIS DAY

FOR TIME IT IS SHORT FOR IF WE ARE TO RECLAIM

THE LAND AND THE PEOPLE IN MY FAIR LADYS DOMAIN

WE RODE ALL THRU THE DAY AND INTO THE NIGHT

AND THEN OUR EYES BEHELD SUCH A GLORIOUS SIGHT

OF A THOUSAND CAMP FIRES IN THE VALLEY BELOW

THE FLAGS AND THE BANNERS THERE PROUDLY ON SHOW

  

AND AS WE RODE INTO CAMP A BAND OF KNIGHTS THEY CAME FORTH

AND THEIR CAPTAIN IN FINE VOICE SAID GOOD TO SEE YOU MY LORD

PRAY WHO’S THIS FAIR MAIDEN WHO RIDES AT YOUR SIDE

HAS MY LORD FINALLY GONE AND FOUND HIMSELF A BRIDE

FOR TOO MANY  A YEAR YOU HAVE SPENT ON YOUR OWN

A MAN NEEDS A WOMAN WAITING FOR HIM AT HOME

THIS FAIR MAIDEN BESIDE ME CAME AND WITH PLEE TO ME MADE

AND NOW I ASK YOU FINE WARRIORS HELP ME COME TO HER AID

  

WITH SHOCK AND AMAZEMENT MY FAIR MAID ADDRESSED ME

PRAY SIR WHY DID YOU HIDE YOUR IDENTITY

YOU WERE KIND AND WERE GENTLE TWAS ALL I KNEW OF YOU

FOR YOUR POWER AND GREATNESS I HAD NOT A CLUE

A MAN THAT WILL BOAST OF HIS GREATNESS AND WEALTH

IS A MAN NOT TO TRUST WHO LOVES ONLY HIMSELF

FOR I AM A SOILDER JUST LIKE THESE FINE MEN

NOT GREATER NOR LESSER THAN ANYONE OF THEM

  

ROUND THE CAMP FIRE WE GATHERED WE ATE AND DRANK WELL

TILL ONE CAPTAIN SAID FAIR MAID YOUR STORY PREY TELL

FOR A MOMENT SHE WAS SILENT WHILE HER MIND IT DID GO

TO WHAT SHE MUST NOW TELL THO IT GRIEVE HER SO

AND SUMMING ALL STRENGTH SHE SAID I WILL TRY

BATHED IN THE GLOW OF THE FIRE TRYIN HARD NOT TO CRY

AND THEN WITH A DEEP BREATH HER ANGER AND FEARS

CAME FORTH IN HER TELLING TO OUR EAGER EARS

  

THEY CAME FROM THE EAST SEVERAL MONTHS AGO

LAID SEIGE TO THE CASTLE THE HOME THAT I KNOW

SPED THRU THE  VILLAGE AND FARM LIKE A PLAGUE CROSS THE LAND

RAPING AND STEALING ALL MUST MEET THERE DEMAND

FOR WERE BUT SIMPLE FOLK WHO JUST TOIL DAY TO DAY

FOR MEN SUCH AS THESE WE ARE BUT EASY PREY

OUR LAND WAS SOON CONQUERED JUST THE CASTLE YET LIE

TILL THE WARLORD DEMANDED SURRENDER OR DIE

  

MY BROTHERS WITH OTHERS SAID NO SURRENDER IN DISGUST

THO GREATLEY OUT NUMBERED TO FIGHT THEM WE MUST

THEN BOLDLY RODE FORTH INTO THE AFRAY

OH HOW BRAVELY THEY FOUGHT WHAT A PRICE THEY DID PAY

BUT SOON OVER POWERED AND THEN SHACKELED IN CHAINS

AND YET THEY STOOD TALL YET THERE HONOR REMAINS

THE WAR LORD GLARED AT THEM SAID MY DEMAND YOU DEFIDE

HAD THEM BEATEN AND TORTURED AND THEN CRUCIFIED

  

THE DAYS THEY DID PASS AND IN SORROW WE DWELL

AND MANY WERE SLAUGHTERED FOR NO REASON WE COULD TELL

AND MY FATHER FELL ILL AND WITH PAIN IN HIS EYES

SAID DAUGHTER THE WAR LORD NOW CLAIMS YOU AS PRIZE

SO NOW YOU MUST GO AND ESCAPE FROM THIS HELL

FOR ILL NOT HAVE THIS BUTCHER DISHONOR YOU AS WELL

I TOLD MY DEAR FATHER I COULD NOT LEAVE HIM SO

FOR IF I TOOK TO FLIGHT TO YOU NO MERCY THEY’D SHOW

 

MY FATHER SAID DAUGHTER FOR IM OLD AND NOW WEAK

IVE HAD MANY GOOD YEARS A GOOD FAMILY TO SPEAK

A GOOD WIFE AND CHILDREN WHO MUCH HAPPINESS BROUGHT

CEPT FOR YOU ALL ARE GONE AND MY TIME IS NOW SHORT

FOR YOU ARE STILL YOUNG AND WITH BEAUTY ARE BLESSED

WITH MANY YEARS LEFT TO LIVE TO BE LOVED AND CARESSED

WITH HUSBAND AND CHILDREN FOR YOU TO LOVE SO

THAT’S ALL I WISH FOR SO NOW DAUGHTER PLEASE GO

 

SO OBEY’ING MY FATHER AS I HAVE ALWAYS DONE

I RAISED TO MY FEET AT HIS ORDERS TO RUN

AND PLACING ONE LAST KISS ON MY FATHERS SWEET FACE

I BID HIM FAREWELL AND SWORE ID RETURN TO THIS PLACE

ALL MY LIFE IVE BEEN TAUGHT TO BE GENTLE AND MEEK

THO I MAY RUN LIKE A COWARD BUT WARRIORS I SHALL SEEK

SO RODE INTO THE NIGHT WITH HEAVY HEART AND IN FEAR

ALL A CONFUSED UNTIL I MET THIS GENTLE SIR HERE

 

FOR MANY HOUR MY FAIR LADY TOLD THE CAPTAINS HER TALE

OF THE TORTURE AND THE SLAUGHTER THAT IN HER LAND PREVAIL

A GREAT WAVE OF ANGER ROUND THE CAMP FIRE DID SWELL

TILL ONE CAPTAIN SPOKE FORTH LETS RIDE INTO THIS HELL

FOR SUCH DOGS LIKE THESE WHO JUST PRAY ON THE WEAK

SHALL NOW FACE AN ARMY THE LIKES OF WHICH THEY FEAR TO SEEK

WITH THE DAWN WE SHALL RIDE ON THE FAIR LADYS QUEST

UNTIL VICTORY IS OURS WE SHALL NOT REST

 

AS THIS CALL TO ARMS CAME AND THE CAPTAINS AWAY’D

TO INFORM THE MEN OF THE PLANS THAT WE MADE

JUST THEN MY FAIR LADY WITH TEARS IN HER EYES

AND A TREMBLE IN HER VOICE THAT SHE COULD NOT DISGUISE

I ASKED MY FAIR MAID WHAT PAIN MAKES HER WEEP

I WEEP FOR MY BROTHERS WHO NOW GENTLEY SLEEP

FOR THEY TOO HAD HONOR FOUGHT HARD BUT YET FELL

I PRAY SUCH MISFORTUNE NOT BEFALL YOU AS WELL

 

NOT TO WORRY FAIR MAID FOR IN WAR MEN MUST DIE

AND IF MY TIME BE NOW WITH THE SLAIN I SHALL LIE

MY SWORD LONG AND BLOODED SERVED ME WELL THRU THE YEARS

LETS NOT TALK OF DEFEAT COME FAIR MAID DRY YOURE TEARS

FOR EVERYMAN HERE WOULD LAY DOWN HIS LIFE

TO HELP SAVE THE COMMRADE THAT FIGHTS AT HIS SIDE

THERE’S BROTHERS BY FAMILY BUT THERE’S BROTHERS BY WAR

YOU MAY HAVE LOST BROTHERS BUT YOU’VE NOW MANY MORE

  

AT THE COMING OF DAYBREAK AND THE CLARION CALL

THE ARMY WENT FORTH TOWARDS THE TYRANTS FALL

MY FAIR MAIDEN DID GASP AT THE SITE SHE GAZED ON

AT THE ARMOUR THAT SHONE JUST LIKE SILVER IN THE SUN

FOR NOW SHE RETURNS TO HER LAND AND HER HOME

SHE ONCE LEFT UNPROTECTED NOW RETURNS UNALONE

WITH A FIRE IN HER SOUL AND HER HEAD HELD HIGH

BUT YET I COULD STILL SEE A SADNESS IN HER EYE

  

FOR MANY A WEEK WE JUST FORGED AHEAD

AS WORD OF OUR COMING BEFORE US DID SPREAD

FOR AN ARMY OF THOUSANDS HAS BEEN SEEN IN THE WEST

TIME TO PUT THIS TYRANTS COURAGE TO THE TEST

FOR WITH CRUELTY AND FEAR THAT IS ALL HE HAS SHOWN

BUT MEN NOW COME FORTH TO WHOM FEAR IS UNKNOWN

HE MUST AQUIESS TO OUR DEMANDS

TO EITHER SURRENDER OR TO FALL WERE HE STANDS

  

AS THE SUN BROKE ON THE MORNING ON A DAY BRIGHT AND CLEAR

WE NOW STOOD ON THE LAND THAT MY LADY HELD SO DEAR

SHE LOOKED UNTO ME WITH EYES OF WOE AND SHE SAID

MY HEARTS FILLED WITH ANQUISH FOR WHAT MAY LIE AHEAD

FOR ONLY A SHORT TIME HAVE I BEEN GONE FROM HERE

BUT THERE VIOLENCE AND DESTRUCTION IS SWIFT AND SEVERE

IS MY FATHER STILL LIVING DID MY PEOPLE THEY SPARE

OF OUR CROPS AND OUR LIVESTOCK AND IS MY HOME STILL THERE

  

FRET NOT MY FAIR LADY FOR WHAT LIES BEFORE

WHATS BEEN WRONGED SHALL BE RIGHTED ONCE WEVE SETTLED THE SCORE

SO GIRD YOURSELF WELL SO YOUR PEOPLE MAY SEE

THAT YOU NOW HAVE RETURNED AND YOU SHALL SET THEM FREE

FOR AS YOU GO FORTH YOU MUST HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH

LOOK PROUD AND DEFIANT AS YOU BOLDY RIDE BY

FOR INSIDE YOU MAY TREMBLE BUT YOU MUST NOT SHOW FEAR

SO YOUR PEOPLE CAN SEE THAT THERE CHAMPION IS HERE

  

THE FIRST VILLAGE WE CAME UPON SUCH A PLACE OF DEPAIR

WITH A STRANGE EERIE SILENCE AND A GLOOM THAT HUNG IN THE AIR

NOT A SOUL TO BE SEEN NOR A DWELLING LEFT STOOD

THE RAGES OF WAR HAD LEFT ASHES AND MUD

WHEN UP RODE A SCOUT SAID YOU MUST COME SEE MY LORD

IVE FOUND VILLAGERS IN THE FORREST WHO’VE BEEN PUT TO THE SWORD

HIS FACE WHITE AS LINEN AND SHAKEN TO THE CORE

LORD NEVER SUCH A SITE HAVE I BEHELD BEFORE

 

WE RODE INTO THE FORREST WERE THE STENCH OF DEATH SORE

AND MANY WERE SICK AT THE SITE LAYED BEFORE

OF THE BLOOD SODDEN GROUND FULL OF LIMBS HACKED AWAY

AND HEADS AND THE TORSO’S GUTTED AS PREY

SUCH HORROR WEVE NOT SEEN IN ALL OF OUR DAYS

MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND WORST OF ALL BABES

WHEN MY LADY BEHELD ALL THESE BODIES DEFILED

SHE JUST FELL TO HER KNEES AND JUST WEPT LIKE A CHILD

  

I PLACED MY HAND ON HER SHOULDER TO COMFORT I TRIED

WHEN SHE JUMPED TO HER FEET AND KNOCKED MY HAND ASIDE

WITH AN ANGER NOT YET SEEN SHE SAID UNTO ME

TELL ME SIR IS THIS THE PRICE WE MUST PAY TO BE FREE

FOR THEY WERE HUMBLE FOLK WHO COULD NOT RESIST

EXPLAIN TO ME SIR WHAT KIND OF FREEDOM IS THIS

THEN RAISING HER HAND SHE STRUCK ME CROSS THE FACE

THEN TURNING SHE RAN AND LEFT ME HERE IN THIS PLACE

  

I SAID I MUST FOLLOW BUT MY CAPTAIN SAID NO

LEAVE HER BE FOR AWHILE IT IS BEST YOU DO SO

BUT I TOLD MY GOOD CAPTAIN HOW COULD I BE SUCH A FOOL

TO LET HER GENTLE EYES GAZE ON SOMETHING SO CRUEL

HOW I HAVE FAILED HER TO LET HER SEE THIS

FOR A YOUNG GIRL SHOULD NOT HAVE TO STER INTO DEATHS ABYSS

MY CAPTAIN SAID HER ANGER FOR ME DID NOT STAND

SHE NEEDED TO STRIKE OUT AND YOU WERE THE CLOSEST TO HAND

  

ONCE WE BURIED THE SLAIN THEN AGAIN WE DID RIDE

TO HUNT DOWN THE BUTCHER AND THE COWARDS AT HIS SIDE

MY FAIR LADY RODE SILENT SEVERAL HORSES BEHIND

NEVER RAISING HER HEAD NOT A WORD DID SHE FIND

WHEN AGAIN UP RODE A SCOUT WITH NEWS THAT GAVE CHEER

LORDA VILLAGEUP YONDER AND THERE BE PEOPLE HERE

SO I BID TO MY CAPTAIN TAKE SOME MEN AND GO SEEK

AND TO BRING MY FAIR LADY FOR TO HER I MUST SPEAK

  

WHEN MY LADY BROUGHT BEFORE ME EYES LOWERED TO THE  GROUND

AS SHE HUMBLY STOOD THERE SUCH A SWEETNESS I FOUND

THEN SHE RAISED UP HER HEAD AND SHE SPOKE SOFT AND LOW

SAID I MUST BARE THIS SHAME FOR STRIKING YOU SO

I BEG YOU FORGIVE BUT DESERVE NOT I SAY

FOR YOU’VE SHOWN ME NOTHING BUT KINDNESS AND I REPAY YOU THIS WAY

GOOD SIR YOUR FINE ARMY IF YOU WISH TO WITHDRAW

FOR YOUR FIGHT IN MY CAUSE I DESERVE NO MORE

  

DEAR LADY DEAR LADY PUT SUCH THOUGHTS AWAY

YOU DO NOT NEED FORGIVENESS FOR WHAT YOUR HEART HAD TO SAY

IT IS I TWAS FOUND WANTING TO LET YOU VIEW THE SLAIN

FOR I SWORE YOU TO PROTECT I SHALL NOT FAIL AGAIN

BUT HARKEN UNTO ME GOOD TIDINGS I BEAR

A VILLAGE WITH PEOPLE STILL ALIVE OVER THERE

BUT WHAT STATE THEY’VE BEEN LEFT IN WEVE STILL YET TO KNOW

SO DEAR LADY PREY STAY HERE WITH ME PLEASE DO SO

  

THEN UP RODE THE CAPTAIN A SMILE ON HIS FACE

THERES MANY A GATHERED OVER IN YONDER PLACE

THO WEARY AND BATTERED YET DEFIANT THEY STAND

AND A GLAD THAT THERE LADY RETURN WITH ARMY IN HAND

TO FIGHT AT OUR SIDE WAS THEIR REQUEST UNTO ME

TO RECLAIM THEIR HOMES AND ONCE AGAIN TO BE FREE

AND AS WE JOURNEYED ON MANY MORE JOINED OUR RANKS

TO THE FAIR MAID THEY RALLIED TO GIVE HER THEIR THANKS

  

CAME THE DAY AND THE CASTLE BEFORE IT WE STOOD

THE TYRANTS ARMY JEERING LIKE DOGS BAYING FOR BLOOD

THEN THE CASTLE GATES OPEN AND A RIDER CAME FORTH

A WHITE FLAG OF TRUCE DISPLAYED FROM HIS SWORD

AND STOPPING BEFORE ME SAID A MESSAGE I BARE

MY LORD SAYS LEAVE THIS PLACE AND YOUR LIFE HE WILL SPARE

I SAID TELL YOUR LORD THAT MY ANWSER BE NO

AND TO MEET US AT DAWN FOR THE BATTLE NOW GO

  

ON THE DAY OF THE BATTLE SUCH A WONDEROUS SIGHT

AS ARMY FACED ARMY POISED READY TO FIGHT

WITH BANNERS AWAVING AND WEAPONS RAISED HIGH

FORWARD UNTO GLORY CAME THE FEARSOME WAR CRY

SO MANY MEN TO MANY TO COUNT

ON THE HILL THE WAR LORD SAT ASTRIDE HIS BLACK MOUNT

A FIERY BEAST WITH HIS NOSTRILS AFLAR

HOOVES PAWING THE GROUND SHOOK HIS MAIN OF LONG HAIR

  

THEN MY LADY ANNOUNCED I KNOW THAT HORSE TIS SURE

TIS SISTER TO MINE WAS MY BROTHERS BEFORE

NEVER MET SUCH A COLD HEARTED MAN IN ALL OF MY DAY

FIRST TAKES MY BROTHERS LIVES AND NOW MOCKS ME THIS WAY

FOR IF HIS ARMY SHOULD TRIUMPH FOR IF WE LOSE THE QUEST

I BEG YOU KIND SIR TO GRANT ME ONE LAST REQUEST

TO BE CHATTLE TO THAT SAVAGE IS A HORROR I DREAD

SO SIR TAKE YOUR SWORD AND STRIKE ME DOWN DEAD

  

MY DEAR GIRL FEAR NOT FOR IF WE LOSE THIS DAY

YOUR  REQUEST I SHALL GRANT IF YOU WISH IT THAT WAY

BUT I KNOW IN MY HEART THAT WE SHALL PREVAIL

HIS MEN HAVE NO HONOR SO HOW CAN WE FAIL

FOR IVE FOUGHT MEN LIKE HIS FOR MANY A YEAR

AND I KNOW THAT THEIR LOYALTY ONLY COMES OUT OF FEAR

FOR HE MAY BE A WARRIOR BUT ONCE HE IS SLAIN

THEIR COURAGE WILL CRUMBLE BE JUST COWARDS AGAIN

  

ONE ARMY FROM THE EAST ONE ARMY FROM THE WEST

CHARGED ACROSS THE GREAT PLAINS TO DEFEAT OR CONQUEST

THEN LANCE STRUCK ON ARMOUR AND SWORD STRUCK ON SWORD

AND MEN FELL TO GROUND ALL BLOODED AND GORED

THE SAVAGE WAR LORDS ARMY FELL AMASS

AS THE SUN CROSSED THE SKY TILL THE DUSK CAME ALAS

THE DEAD AND THE WOUNDED FROM THE FIELD WERE RECLAIMED

AND BOTH ARMYS RETREATED  FOR THIS DAY NO ONE GAINED

  

FOR DAY AFTER DAY FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE AN AGE

MEN FOUGHT AND MEN DIED ON THIS BLOODY STAGE

TILL A CRY WENT OUT VICTORY IS OURS A LASS

THE WAR LORDS MIGHTY ARMY SURRENDERED ON MASS

BUT UPON THE HILL WAS THE WAR LORD HIMSELF

WITH ANGER AND VENOM CURSING BOTH SIDES TO HELL

AND TURNING HIS MOUNT TO THE CASTLE DID RIDE

WITH A SMALL BAND STILL LOYAL THEY ALL RODE INSIDE

  

HIS ARMY SOON GATHERED DISARMED AND IN CHAINS

AS MY CAPTAIN CAME FORTH AND TO ME HE EXCLAIMED

SHOW THEM NO MERCY PUT THEM TO THE SWORD

THESE DOGS SHOULD NOT LIVE WHAT SAY YOU NOW MY LORD

I SAID WE CALLED THEM COWARDS AND WE CURSED THEM TO HELL

BUT THEY FOUGHT US WITH COURAGE THEY FOUGHT AND DIED WELL

BUT WE DO NOT WAGE WAR AGAINST UNARMED MEN

WE ARE SOILDERS OF HONOR  WERE NOT BARBARIANS

  

THO I MAY SPARE THEIR LIVES BUT A PRICE THEY SHALL PAY

FIRST SEARCH OUT ALL THE LEADERS WHO GAVE ORDERS TO SLAY

FOR THEY ARE THE EVIL THAT LEAD OTHERS ASTRAY

FIND THEM AND HANG THEM DISPATCH THEM THIS DAY

AND AS FOR THE REST THEY SHALL REBUILD THIS LAND

FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DESTROYED WILL BE RESTORED BY THEIR HAND

FOR A LIFE SPENT IN BONDAGE IS A MUCH DARKER PLIGHT

SO PUT THEM TO HARD LABOUR NOW GET THEM OUT OF MY SIGHT

  

THAT MATTER NOW DEALT WITH ONLY ONE TASK REMAIN

TO OUST THE WARLORD FROM THE CASTLE WERE HE LAIN

SO WITH CAPTAINS AFLANKING RODE TO THE DEVILS LAIR

AND HALTED AT THE WALLS WERE THE WARLORD STOOD THERE

WE MADE OUR DEMAND HE SURRENDER THIS DAY

WITH YOUR ARMY DEFEATED YOU HAVE NO OTHER WAY

HE SAID FIRST I WILL HAVE YOU DESTROY THESE CASTLE WALLS

ILLSEE ALL HERE IN RUINS BEFORE THIS WARLORD FALLS

  

OUT OF NOWHERE MY FAIR LADY RODE UP TO THE GATE

AND DEMANDED TO KNOW OF HER FATHERS FATE

WITH A LAUGH JUST LIKE THUNDER THE WARLORD LOOK DOWN

SAID MY PRIZE HAS RETURNED ALL SAFE AND SOUND

AND AS FOR YOUR FATHER LIKE YOUR BROTHERS HES DEAD

I GUTTED HIM MYSELF ON THE NIGHT THAT YOU FLED

SO WHAT SAY YOU NOW MY PRETTY FOR YOUR GREAT WELCOME HOME

FOR YOUR DEFIANCE TO ME  YOU ARE NOW ALL ALONE

  

WITH A CRY TO BREAK HEARTS FROM HER LIPS DID EXHALE

FLOODS OF TEARS ON HER CHEEKS ON A FACE NOW SO PALE

FOR SOMEONE SO YOUNG SO MUCH PAIN TO ENDURE

SUCH AN END TO A LIFE THAT WAS GENTLE AND PURE

AND THEN RAISING HER HEAD WITH A FACE FULL OF HATE

SHE SPAT WORDS FULL OF VENOM AT THE WARLORD AS BAIT

BUT THE WARLORD CARED NOT FOR MY FAIR LADYS PAIN

TO HIM TWAS ALL JUST HUMOUR TO HIM ALL JUST A GAME

  

I BID TO MY CAPTAIN TO TAKE HER AWAY

MY CAPTAIN DID SO THO SHE TRIED HARD TO STAY

AND TURNING ONCE MORE I MADE ONE LAST REQUEST

THAT I KNEW THAT MY FOE WAS  SURE TO ACCEPT

WILL YOU NOT COME FACE ME LET US FIGHT LIKE MEN

BETWEEN US WE SHALL PUT THIS SAGA TO AN END

AND IF YOU DEFEAT ME THEN ALL YOU SURVEY

SHALL BE YOURS FOR THE KEEPING SO WHAT NOW YOU SAY

  

AGREED SAID THE WARLORD WE SHALL MEET AT NOON

AND YOUR BLOOD ON MY SWORD CANNOT COME TOO SOON

AND TURNING AWAY DISSAPEARED FROM OUR VIEW

AS MY CAPTAIN SAID LORD WHAT HAS COME OVER YOU

FEAR NOT MY GOOD FRIEND IVE NOT TAKEN LEAVE OF MY SENSE

BUT DRAWING HIM OUT WAS OUR BEST DEFENCE

A MAN SUCH AS HE THINKS DEFEAT IS UNKNOWN

I MAY DIE THIS DAY BE REASSURED ILL NOT DIE ALONE

  

AT THE COMING OF NOON AND THE GATES OPENED WIDE

LIKE A VISION FROM HELL TOWARDS ME HE DID RIDE

AND DISMOUNTING HIS HORSE HE SPOKE UNTO ME

I SHALL MAKE YOU DIE SLOW LIKE THE DOG THAT YE BE

AS HE STOOD BEFORE ME SIGNS OF FEAR NOT A TRACE

A PATCH OVER ONE EYE BATTLE SCARS ON HIS FACE

A GIANT OF A MAN WITH BRAVADO DISPLAYED

WITH SWORD CRADELED IN ARMS LIKE IT WAS SOME FAIR YOUNG MAID

  

WITHOUT WARNING HE CHARGED SWORD READY TO STRIKE

WITH A FURY AND ANGER WHICH IVE NEVER SEEN THE LIKE

THEN METAL STRUCK METAL NOW THE LAST FIGHT BEGUN

A FIGHT TO THE DEATH IN THE WARM NOON DAY SUN

MY BLADE CAUGHT HIS LEG AND HIS SLASHED MY ARM

NEITHER FELT PAIN BOTH OBLIVIOUS TO HARM

FOR ALMOST AN HOUR THE FIGHT DID NOT STALL

TILL A BLOW GLANCED MY HEAD AND TO THE GROUND I DID FALL

  

HE TOWERED ABOVE ME A GRIN ON HIS FACE

SAID NOW YOU WILL DIE IN THIS GODFORSAKEN PLACE

AND RAISING HIS SWORD FOR HIS MOMENT TO SEIZE

HE LET OUT A GREAT ROAR AND THEN FELL TO HIS KNEES

FACE TWISTED IN PAIN AS HIS SWORD FELL ASIDE

AS HE GAZED UPON THE BLADE THAT SPLIT HIS CHEST WIDE

THEN I SAW MY FAIR LADY THERE BEHIND HIM DID STAND

WITH FIRE IN HER EYES AND MY SWORD IN HER HAND

  

BENDING FORWARD TOWARDS HIM MY FAIR LADY DID SCOWL

SAID YOUR EVIL REIGN ENDS RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW

AND HOW YOU DID BOAST OF HOW ALL TO YOU YEILD

OF THE MEN YOU HAVE SLAIN AND THE POWER YOU WEILD

FOR HERE YOU ARE NOW FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE

SUCH A WARRIOR BROUGHT DOWN BY A MEAR GIRL LIKE ME

LOOK UPON MY FACE IT’S THE LAST YOU SHALL SEE

AND DIE WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THIS DAY GOES TO ME

When hope is gone ►

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Rodney Wood

Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:29

Not exactly at the cutting edge of 21st Century poetry but charming if unrealistic.

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