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The Merry Minstrel of Mickleover

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The Merry Minstrel of Mickleover

The Merry Minstrel of Mickleover

I strike this chord without a sword
For I am not so brave
Whence came a knight with armour bright
Who vowed princess to save

The wicked sire of the shire
Had seen well to kidnap
The daughter of the king and bring
Much wealth into his lap

Handsome he thought the ransom
The king was sure to pay
For fear his precious princess dear
The wicked sire would slay

From his abode the knight he rode
Through wind and rain and storm
O’er hill and dale and muddy trail
His quest to keep him warm

The castle wall it looked so tall
Impregnable in height
Banged on the door and yet once more
His iron fist with might

The surly sire quoths to enquire
“Who raps upon my door”
“Tis mystery, now set her free
Or death you’ll lay before”

With lunge and slash with swords they clash
Upon the open plain
Died his desire there in the mire
As evil sire is slain

The princess freed from needless greed
Sort knight to gift reward
“Place in my hand just thine hair band
If this please thy accord”

( The minstrels song lived large and long
Was sung all o’er the land
Where ‘ere he been could still be seen
Rebec ‘dorned with blue band )

Rebec; A medaeval violin type instrument

Mickleover; A village in Derbyshire, England
Though now a suburb of the City of Derby
The residents still refer to it as ‘The Village’

For Medaeval Idealism Contest
Sponsor, Isaiah Zerbst
 


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  1. Date: 3/11/2014 9:59:00 AM
    So much fun to reread this one Rich.

  1. Date: 8/29/2013 11:42:00 PM
    Bravo for having nailed the contest, bruv. Well done on this masterpiece, Richard. Licia :)

  1. Date: 8/25/2013 2:08:00 PM
    Well done, my friend. Interesting from start to finish.... Congratulations..... Jake

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Jake, Like your comment :)
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 7:54:00 PM
    Richard, congratulations.... love the win...SKAT

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Are you sure you're not teasing lol, Thank you Skat
  1. Date: 8/23/2013 12:08:00 AM
    Hey, Congratulations on your well deserved win, Richard. Nice seeing it here today!!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Petal, I'll make the most of it coz it don't happen often lol
  1. Date: 8/22/2013 1:01:00 PM
    congrats on a fine win Richard

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Cheers Joseph, I'll be round your way soon
  1. Date: 8/22/2013 12:51:00 PM
    This is one of my personal favorite for the contest Richard! Congratulations on your win.

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again Rick, much appreciated
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/22/2013 12:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    In fact I have added it to my favorites.
  1. Date: 8/22/2013 11:12:00 AM
    Beautifully written! Congrats on your win!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Carol, Thank you for those kind words
  1. Date: 8/21/2013 6:22:00 PM
    Wonderful tale! I get this image after reading the poem of the Merry Minstrel cavorting about with the blue band on his rebec. The humility of the knight accepting only a thing of little worth, yet the attachment of it to her person was an outstanding idea. Lots of tricky rhymes here too!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hello Isaiah, thank you for the feedback, enjoyed writing this one, great contest
  1. Date: 8/21/2013 5:15:00 PM
    Well, Mr Seal...Illusive thou art of late. I do pass by thy abode of Rhyme to bid thee sincere congratulations on thy excellent win!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Mrs G I have been absent for a short while, just found this
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 7:44:00 PM
    You have painted a perfect medaeval masterpiece with this phenomenal poem ... Excellent :)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Karen, thank you for the lovely comment
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 12:40:00 PM
    This was good Richard. I enjoyed it very much. Have a great day...... Lucilla

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Lucy, thanks and you have a nice day too
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 1:02:00 PM
    Wow Richard....I feel like Cinderella and robin hood and all things magical.....nice........:-)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Donna, you are all things magical :)
  1. Date: 8/18/2013 8:14:00 AM
    I congratulate you now, i have no doubt this will be on the winners list. 77777777777. Straight to my favorites.

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Rick, I'm way behind with my replys
  1. Date: 8/17/2013 7:37:00 AM
    Reads like top of the list..Great detail entailed in this one..Thanks for the visit to my work..Sara

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/17/2013 3:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your comment Sara, hope all is well with you
  1. Date: 8/16/2013 9:55:00 AM
    My goodness, you did one that really sounded classic. It has the inverted words that give us that feeling of the old style and I think your poem pretty much fits all the requirements asked by Isaiah for a submission to his contest . Thou hast done Awesomely, good sir!!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/17/2013 3:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    By the time Ifinished reading your comment I thought it was from the serving wench at ye olde inn in Mickleover haha. Thou hast delivered a fine annotation of my scanty effort, thou art to kind lol. I will come back to this, I see room for improvement
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 11:10:00 PM
    Well...perhaps THIS is your best poem to date, Mr Seal...Such amazing rhyming and true Medaeval feel. I predict that you will WIN! Huff Puff....happy for you, but...I entered the contest too and you have sabotaged my chances, MR SEAL...On purpose, no doubt! Oh...I was coming to the last line thinking...No mention of blue...no mention of blue...and then. POW...that dang blue band! ;) Seriously...a very very beautiful write, Richard...Good luck! :)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/16/2013 6:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh no my little Desert Orchid, that prediction has definately put the mockers on it haha. I doubt I've sabotaged your chances, yours is a great write. You know I like these olde English ones lol
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 9:40:00 PM
    wow, this has all the right stuff...you should do well in the contest. BG

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/16/2013 6:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Babs, I'm not altogether happy with it, needed more time to work on it, am a slowcoach lol.
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 9:08:00 PM
    Okay, Richard, i could never pull off a poem or form like this. Glad evil did not ride into the night here.. a mighty poem... wishing you luck in the contest... xox~ Linda

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/16/2013 6:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You have your own unique style and way with words my Sweet Dark Friend, I don't think much is really beyond your talents. I will come back to this write, I can already see where a few improvements can be made.