Thursday, March 12, 2015

Heart and Soul

Dedicated to Duchess Adrielle Kerrec
By THLaird Colyne Stewart, AS 49 (2015)

So bright the deeds of northern maid,
The duchess bold her works well done,
Who with the cups has often played,
And ‘gainst her foes has always won,
Well known her mirth, her sense of fun,
Who with the folk can oft endear,
And cares about most everyone,
The heart, the soul, of Ealdormere.

On noble ground her feet have laid,
Her realm the lands Septentrian,
Protected by her lance and blade,
In battle fought in rain and sun,
In which she made the foemen run,
Or catch them up upon her spear,
As trophies of the melees won,
The heart, the soul, of Ealdormere.

Well many are the things she’s made,
The tunics sewn, the thread she’s spun,
And taught her students in the glade,
And yet her work is just begun,
As Laurel and as Pelican;
Her words on scrolls are sweet to hear;
Her skills so vast, second to none,
The heart, the soul, of Ealdormere.

So princes listen to your son,
And turn to me your gracious ear,
As praise I give to worthy one,
The heart, the soul, of Ealdormere.

Along with the rondeau and the virelai, the ballade is one of the formes fixes. Between the late 13th and the 15th centuries, ballades were often set to music.

The ballade is a verse form usually consisting of three 8-line stanzas, each with a consistent meter and a particular rhyme scheme. The last line in the stanza is a refrain. The stanzas are often followed by a 4-line envoi (concluding stanza), usually addressed to a prince. The rhyme scheme is usually ababbcbC ababbcbC ababbcbC bcbC (the capital C being the refrain).

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