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Thus Spake the Bard

Copyright 2011 Henry Brown.

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A knight on horseback in full battle harness rarely failed to inspire heroic verse. Thus thought the bard whilst lying his lyre upon the earth and arising to hail the approaching rider.

Even before the shield crest grew distinctive, Allan judged this knight a troubadour, by the jaunty plume bouncing gaily from the helm. That helm—lo, indeed all his armor, gleamed under glow of eventide as though burnished.

"Allan of Barnsdale!" greeted the troubadour, halting three cubits from the bard's fire. "Comest thou hither to watch the tourney?"

Allan Gavin bowed a bow befitting a noble, saying,

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