Belt and Chain

From Wayne's Dusty Box of Words

One of my favorite SCA folk songs written by Master Morric of Trimaris. This is frequently sung at Atlantian knighting ceremonies.

Days moving fast, and the legends long past,
but some still remember a place
a place of skill where honor lies still
a bastion of honor and grace,
a bastion of honor and grace

       Will you take the belt and the chain
       that dream may yet live again
       Swear your heart to chivlary's art,
       swear your sword to our game,
       swear your sword and be chained.

Take the young boy and make him a page
Teach him skills to come of age
Teach him honour and valour and truth
Give him these gifts in his youth
Give him these gifts in his youth


Take the young man and make him a squire
Teach him arms to serve his sire.
Teach him chivalry, strength without stain
For someday he too will be chained
One day he'll take belt and chain


Take this belt as a badge of your worth
And the chain where your oath is interred
Hold fast to honour as hard as it seems,
For you guard the halls our dream
You guard the halls of this dream