Poetry Corner

I know this piece has been published in this space before, but, what the heck, it is topical, and I don’t need a consent form to publish it. If anyone is interested, “Ave Ansteorrae” was written to be sung to the Cistercian chant Pange Lingua. It also works to the Gregorian chant version (slightly more complex) or the Cistercian (and probably Gregorian) chant Tantum Ergo Sacrementum. It also can be sung to the folk song “My Darling Clementine” by repeating the first and fourth lines of music with the fifth and sixth lines of text. (see below)

Ave Ansteorrae

By Lord Pćdric OMullan

Sing my tongue now of the glory
Of the Ansteorran Star,
Kingdom famed in song and story,
Feared in battle from afar.
Blackstar warriors make ye ready
Arm yourselves, prepare for War!

Hail the Ansteorran archers
Raining death down from on high!
Justly feared throughout the Knowne World
Foemen run but still they die!
You will bravely join the battle,
Let your arrows fill the sky!

Hail the Crown of Ansteorra,
Rulers of this glorious land!
Unicus et singularis,
Plant your banner in the sand.
Lead us on the field to vict’ry,
Time for battle is at hand!

Hail the Ansteorran ladies,
Source of honor in our hearts
‘nspire us to great deeds in battle,
That is where chivalry starts!
Bind our wounds and heal our bruises
Soothe us with the gentler arts!

Hail the Knights of Ansteorra,
Wearers of the belt and chain;
Learned in the courtly graces,
Experts at inflicting pain!
You are bold and fearsome warriors
Fighting for your kingdom’s gain!

Sing my tongue now of the glory
Of the Ansteorran Star,
Kingdom famed in song and story,
Feared in battle from afar.
Blackstar warriors make ye ready
Arm yourselves, prepare for War!

Hail the Ansteorran fighters
With the broadsword and rapier!
Strike the body with your weapons,
At the heart you strike with fear!
Fight for honor and for glory,
And the Crown you hold so dear!

Oh my darlin’, oh my darlin
Oh my darlin’ Clementine
You are lost and gone forever
Dreadful sorry Clementine
Oh my darlin’, oh my darlin’,
Dreadful sorry, Clementine

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