"In Prayse of
Bokes" finalized in tribute to Guildford of Redheugh
Within resides our artful craft and thought.
With careful hands,
these words are built to teach.
The boke maintains its pages, as it
And plays them for the reader in its speech.
signatures* combine those efforts made
Into a grand community of
'tis Reason's key that ciphers back what's said
compasses the heart employs.
"The Traveler's Path" each manuscript
"The Heart That Yearns For Succor" speaks aloud.
Vision Of A Prophet's Dream" remains.
"Instructions To The Student"
Within these borders, where can we not stand?
holds a hope entire, in mind, in hand.
*A signature is a collection of (usually) 16 pages printed on one
large sheet, then folded, sewn to a binding and edge-slit so it can be
Shakespearean Sonnet, 14 lines, abab, cdcd, efef, gg, Iambic Pentameter
"So Brief an Oath"
Take ye this token, be it tho' small
Know it in
kindness, keep it, and all.
None of my dreams and none of my
Will kept from you be. To share is my oath.
"A Romantic Limerick"
"I love thee" said my Lady,
And was a song to
Tho' 'twas not sung It is among
My favorite melody.
"The Faith of the Future" by
commission of HRM Hwolf
The Custom of a sword is it will cut when it does strike
Practice of a horse will make it run at wall or pike.
The Manner of a
falcon is its will to hunt at call.
The Habit of the hounds lies in
their loyalty through all.
The Nature of a rock is it will break
before it bends.
The Disposition of the moon repeats its monthly
The Fashion of the sun does show its faithful face each
But honor speaks to what was done, when "what is said" is
Our pledge, our oath, our promises are rudders 'gainst the
They guide and keep our Ship of State, inspiring faithful
The future is an unknown sea upon which we must
Without our faith well built on trust, we could not hope but
We live, we grow, we loose, we die, these truths cannot be
But honor keeps our deeds in true, and keeps our futures
A Toast: "To Remembered Friends" (revised
"Friends all gentle .......... Gathered
Friends whose Mantle ........ Gives us Cheer
You, whose fate
now ........ Joins with mine
Celebrate now, .............. Dance and
Toast together ............. "Friends away"
.............. There to stay.
Raise your chalice .......... And your
Give good service ........... And rejoice.
With our toasting
........... Let's recall
Friends worth boasting....... One and
"The Candle in the Window"
Done for Cassia's Birthday, Dec. 1995
The candle in the window bears tidings for us all
It yet reflects
with great respect the tale of home and hall.
This light of thine will
always shine across the night-dark sea.
To welcome, guide, deliver us
and bring us home to thee.
The candle in the window, with all reflected
Gives welcome to the wanderer, and those who know thy
The light of hope burns brightest, yea, to those whose paths are
That darkness that surrounds us all is pierced by its bright
The candle in the window does cast its light without.
always send a glimmer to some lonely soul, ne'er doubt.
And tho' the
flame may seem quite small, its brilliance ever dim,
Forget ye not that
every heart needs but a spark within.
Thy candle in the window, a word,
a deed, a smile
Does give a saving beam of faith out to this lonely
Forget thee not thy radiance, thy light of giving grace.
know there is a candle here, to shine upon thy face.
The 1st line in each stanza is 13 syllables, and its rhythm is
(u^u^u^u u^u^u^.) The rest of each stanza is done in Iambic
(u^u^u^u^u^u^u^) 14 syllable lines.
"Lies: the Plague of
Reason" by commission of HRM Hwolf
A Sword will cleave, an Ax will split in two
A Mace will shatter,
Arrows pierce right through.
A Charger mounted knight will smash the
A Lie can kill as eas'ly as a blow.
A Trebuchet flings
stones that crush a wall.
A Ram will slam at doors until they
A Tunnel saps the walls from near below.
A Lie collapses all
that from it grows.
The Weapons here enlisted do forfend
conquer life and bring about an end.
The legacy of Lies is sad to
Unless burned out with truth, their roots will
Unlike a poison, who once used is gone.
A lie can spread
contagion, on and on.
Sonnet, rime abab, cdcd, efef, gg, rhythm Iambic Pentameter (IP)
(u^u^u^u^u^ ) 14 lines, 3 stanzas of 4 and a couplet.
"Gloria est Magnificus" for
Forever pours the rivers of our life
And friends, like currents,
flow into our quay (pronounced 'Key')
Enriching with their travels and
The delta that we form here by our sea.
raises "hope" and "family."
"Together" brings new strength to heal old
"Together" answers questions kind and mean.
we give, 'tis we who gain.
In Glory do we stand, in faith
(Although the future's road cannot be guessed)
For our dear
friends commit to ride the tour
Accompanying each other through the
And we, this troupe of players, do here claim
That we are
richer for your part and name.
Sonnet, rime abab, cdcd, efef, gg, rhythm Iambic Pentameter (IP)
14 lines, 3 stanzas of 4 and a couplet.
"Saddest, still, is the pursuit of unhappiness... The slowest of
"Of Wood and Air" to Colin,
Meg and Emily.
The wood and air within my hand
Does grant a key to ope' the
And fly the treasures through the land
That too long have in
This wood and air, with balanced tone
Gives dance to
sound and song to hearth.
It spins the wisps of happy homes
this ever weaving cloth.
This wood and air that I enfold
full sweet my loan of breath
Its magic will yet ease the cold
give my soul a life past death.
"Heart's Champion" for Baron
Trahaearn of Madrone
(spacing requirements delivers this in a less than
ideal font on some servers, my apologies, B)
Many came to battle then ..................... Fought they all for
Knights and Warriors by the score ....... Known each by the
gods of war.
Clashed they savage they in turn ........... For the
Champion's blade to earn.
Lust of blood and greed for gain ...........
Made the warrior's gift be pain.
Little heeded (they that fought)
............. "Vict'ry for the bravest heart."
Not the strongest arm
or steel ................ But the kindest, gentlest will.
One at last
survived the rest. .................. All remaining knew him
Brave of soul and kind in deed. .............. Good of spirit,
all did cede.
Armor without stain or flaw. ...................
Blade the brightest any saw.
Honor in his breast did burn.
.................. Hail the Baron called Trahaearn.
Late that night
all toasted well. ............... "Long live he this tale does
For Madrone Arts and Sciences Championship, December 9, as
"A Presence of Heart"
The face of my beloved has moved me oft to sigh.
Her hair and form
have 'minded me of angels from on high.
Her touch so soft when playing
and with spirit strong and free,
That I do muse that I must dream, then
wake and she's with me.
Of all her gifts both rare and good from
singing, to the fire,
I'll take the most desired one, that she does
For as we build our keep and hold, unyielding wills both
Will fire the torch that warms the hall, and melt the hearts grown
Her absence 'pon this walk of life would scorch my mind and
So thank I luck and all that guides for weaving loves and lives
Sonnet, 14 lines, rime abab, cdcd, efef, gg Iambic
Pentameter (IP) u^u^u^u^u^. The poem is also a couplet poem, and is shown
above in that form.
Below is the poem in its sonnet form (exactly the same
wording, but in its alternative form):
The face of my beloved has moved me oft
To sigh. Her
hair and form have 'minded me
Of angels from on high. Her touch so
When playing and with spirit strong and free,
That I do muse
that I must dream, then wake
And she's with me. Of all her gifts both
And good from singing, to the fire,
I'll take the most
desired one, that she does fair
Inspire. For as we build our keep and
Unyielding wills both bold will fire the torch
the hall, and melt the hearts grown cold.
Her absence 'pon this walk of
life would scorch
My mind and soul. So thank I luck and all
guides for weaving loves and lives now whole