For Mistress Aife on the Occasion of her Laurel

Hear me eastern lands / now behold!

Before you comes a / bard of note

Named voice of a king / known to all

Aife here stands.


Given gift of verse / grand her words

works stand highly praised / welcomed songs

silver voiced poet / sung of war

Wordfame gained.


Summon we now this / rousing smith

Reward her well for / wisdom great

Green leaves given to / great lady

Laurel earned.


Written in an Irish style using half lines and a set beat pattern. Each line, save the last in each verse, has 8 beats with three beats in the second half line following the stressed, unstressed, stressed pattern. 


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