Come, Shield and Charger
Set yourself to steel; a shield is needed
And we can have no spike against the hand,
No weakness to bring harm to the bearer,
Or Death will have a merry feast this war.
Your troop is doubting, and are they correct?
Come, Charger – leader of the family – ,
It is time to ride to battle, and prove
That, though with faltered step, you lead with love.
Furious at questions
(Which mildly hint
Toward a suggestion
She slams with a tired tongue,
Crying, for she is young.
Forgiven for the same;
And Mother’s love
Gives on beyond the pain,
For hope above
Drives her soul onward now
– Praying the seed sown grows.
Come down, friend, sit by the light,
Talk a while with your brother.
Come down, son, learn from the bright,
Talk a while with your mother.
It is good for you, my boy,
To socialise with strangers,
Expect to be taught a ploy,
Never fear any dangers.
Come down, man, sit by the light,
Talk a while with your sister,
Come down, child, learn from the bright,
Talk a while with your father.