Swords of Dawn

In another thread, I mentioned about that I was looking to make a Dawnish version of “Men of Harlech”. Here is my lyrics:

Swords of Dawn
Tongues of fire in Barrens flaring,
News of the Orcs near declaring,
To heroic deeds of glory,
Call you, Dawnish swords.
Groans of wounded yeomen dying,
Wails of wives and children flying,
For the distant succour crying,
Call you, Dawnish swords.
Shall the voice of wailing,
Now be unavailing,
You to rouse, who never yet
In battle’s hour were failing?
This our answer, crowds down pouring,
Swift as winter torrents roaring.
Not in vain the voice imploring
Calls on Dawnish swords.

Swords of Dawn stop your dreaming
Can’t you see their spear points gleaming
See their warrior pennants streaming
To this battlefield
Swords of Dawn stand ye steady
It cannot be ever said ye
For the battle were not ready
The Dawnish never yield
From the hills rebounding
Let this song be sounding
Summon all at Anvil’s call
The mighty force surrounding
Swords of Dawn on to glory
This will ever be your story
Keep these burning words before ye
The Dawnish will not yield

Loud the martial pipes are sounding,
Every Dawnish heart is bounding,
As our trusted lords surrounding,
March we, Dawnish swords.
Short the sleep the foe is taking;
Ere the morrow’s morn is breaking,
They shall have a rude awakening,
Roused by Dawnish swords.
Mothers, cease your weeping,
Calm may be your sleeping,
You and yours in safety now,
The Dawnish swords are keeping.
Ere the sun is high in glory,
They you fear, by panic riven,
Shall, like frightened sheep, be driven,
Far, by Dawnish swords.

Swords of Dawn stop your dreaming
Can’t you see their spear points gleaming
See their warrior pennants streaming
To this battlefield
Swords of Dawn stand ye steady
It cannot be ever said ye
For the battle were not ready
The Dawnish never yield
From the hills rebounding
Let this song be sounding
Summon all at Anvil’s call
The mighty force surrounding
Swords of Dawn on to glory
This will ever be your story
Keep these burning words before ye
The Dawnish will not yield

Does it scan OK with “Dawn” being only a single syllable?
(It strikes me that it could be inverted easily, so “Dawnish (two-syllable word)” could lead in the line. “Dawnish champions”? The initial stress is quite strong, so making that first syllable “Dawn” strikes me as quite appropriate!)

I’ve been singing it most of today, and it seems to work. I might make a few changes when I sing it alongside the Welsh Guards later…

Once I figured out the tune it seemed to work well to me. :slight_smile: