“The Knighting of Sir Conchobhar”

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January 12, 2019 by phicks2012

I don’t often post purely SCA Poems to my BLOG, but I ran across this one and decided — well, why not? This was written in persona in 2008 following, and celebrating the SCA Knighting of a friend.


The Knighting of Sir Conchobhar
Meistres Bronwen o Gydweli

To the field in the morning where fools all together
Were a-gathering for combat when April was new,
Came the Crown of Meridies, Caspar the mighty
There with his fair Cecilia ‘neath skies vibrant blue.

And a court did They call there, the Crown from the eric,
Swiftly summoning all to Their words to pay heed,
And the herald stood forth to call Conchobhar mac Bruaidín
Bidding him to step forward with all haste and speed.

“It has come to our notice”, spake Caspar the Sovereign
“That an honor exists that you may not now hold,
So good Conchobhar come forth that we may swift discover
Whether you may be honored. The truth will unfold!”

So did Conchobhar step forward, the Crown then obeying,
Though he knew not what destiny he might there see,
And the Crown in Its glory in grandeur did summon
All the Order of Knighthood, the fair Chivalry.

“Do you find this Lord worthy” the Crown then demanded.
“To be here elevated? Speak up and be clear!”
And Dame Aislinn stepped forward to speak for his service
And declared to those gathered that he was her peer.

Then came Mistress Sindokht there to speak for the Laurels
And she named him her peer on the strength of his art,
And Earl Richard came forward, and of Knightly virtues
There he spoke for Lord Conchobhar with words from the heart.

Duchess Deirdre then rose, for the Royal Peers speaking
And she swore he was worthy of all this acclaim,
So the Crown deemed it just that he be elevated
To the Knighthood that he might add Sir to his name.

Then Sir Cona came forth, and Sir Saavogg there also
Bearing spurs for Lord Conchobhar, both to the greensward.
After them Duke Boru and Sir Aidan came bearing
In their hands proud and steady the belt and the sword.

After them came the fair Lady Caitilín before him,
With a chain of bright gold in her soft dancer’s hand,
And she placed it around his bowed neck to do honor
As he knelt there before her and all of the land.

Then the King took his sword, and he raised it all proudly
Touching Conchobhar’s broad shoulders, the left and the right,
With the blade of Meridies shining bright silver,
Then he touched the bowed head and named Conchobhar a Knight.

“Rise Sir Conchobhar”, He bade him, and so from the greensward
Did Sir Conchobhar rise up to his feet there to stand.
“May this be the last blow you accept all unanswered”,
And He struck the new Knight with the heel of His hand.

So Sir Conchobhar was Knighted as fools watched together
On the verges of battle when April was new,
By the Crown of Meridies, Caspar the mighty
There with his fair Cecilia ‘neath skies vibrant blue.

[11 August, A.S. XLIII, 2008]

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