Pelican, Pelican

I once knew a Pelican, gentle and kind,

She was fair and retiring and had a strong mind,

Her service to the East was her pride and joy,

She was quick to help others and slow to annoy.

Pelican, Pelican, taking her flight,

Flying away in the darkness of night,

She watches us now from the halls of the kings,

She carried the kingdom on her golden wings.

She ran the whole kingdom, though never was queen,

Staying instead behind the court’s scenes,

They made her a Tyger, and a Pelican Mistress,

And she was also a Court Baroness.

Pelican, Pelican, taking her flight,

Flying away in the darkness of night,

She watches us now from the halls of the kings,

She carried the kingdom on her golden wings.

She was a historian and therefore maintained,

The Order of Precedence in the kingdom’s name,

It was a skill that served her so well,

Another area in which she could excel.

Pelican, Pelican, taking her flight,

Flying away in the darkness of night,

She watches us now from the halls of the kings,

She carried the kingdom on her golden wings.

When Edward was king, she answered his call,

And ran the Crown’s heraldry through the kingdom’s great hall,

She served through the reign despite falling ill,

A tribute indeed to her strength of will.

Pelican, Pelican, taking her flight,

Flying away in the darkness of night,

She watches us now from the halls of the kings,

She carried the kingdom on her golden wings.

Despite these accomplishments, she was quite shy,

Never in the center, but always nearby,

A true Peer of the realm who everyone knew,

She was always surprised as their regard for her grew.

Pelican, Pelican, taking her flight,

Flying away in the darkness of night,

She watches us now from the halls of the kings,

She carried the kingdom on her golden wings.

Beloved afar, beloved at home,

Now far beyond us does her soul roam,

Somewhere in a feast hall in the undying land,

She has become a great king's right hand.

Pelican, Pelican, taking her flight,

Flying away in the darkness of night,

She watches us now from the halls of the kings,

She carried the kingdom on her golden wings.

Pelican, Pelican, so far from home,

Adventures in the stars wherever you roam,

I hope you find challenges suited to you,

You deserve that much rest after all you’ve been through.

Pelican, Pelican, taking her flight,

Flying away in the darkness of night,

She watches us now from the halls of the kings,

She carried the kingdom on her golden wings.

She carried the kingdom on her golden wings.

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I didn't know her well, but when she died, my first reaction was "I will write her such a song that the SCA will still sing of her for generations to come." My bardic abilities might not be quite up to *that* level, but now, a year later, I did manage to get the inspiration to write her a song. Public post, feel free to share if you want to, and if anyone wants to know the tune I'm happy to sing it for you at an event or something. (Just tell me ahead of time so I can print it out-- I just wrote this; I definitely don't have it memorized yet!)

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