Friday, December 3, 2010

Courage May Blossom in Quiet Hearts

I mentioned author Brian Jacques' Redwall series twice recently (sharing their recipes and a work by David Elliott). While I'm at it, I might as well share some Redwall poems.

These, and many more, can be found in the Library of Redwall Verses: Containing Songs, Riddles and Ballads Written by Brian Jacques in the Redwall series.

From the book The Legend of Luke

The young must grow old,
Whilst old ones grow older,
And cowards will shrink,
As the bold grow bolder.
Courage may blossom in quiet hearts,
For who can tell where bravery starts?
Truth is a song, oft lying unsung,
Some mother bird, protecting her young,
Those who lay down their lives for friends,
The echo rolls onward, it seldom ends.
Who never turned and ran, but stayed?
This is a warrior born, not made!
Living in peace, aye many a season,
Calm in life and sound in reason,
'Til evil arrives, a wicked horde,
Driving a warrior to pick up his sword,
The challenger rings then, straight and fair,
Justice is with us, beware. Beware!


Log-a-Log's Lullaby

The stream flows by and time rolls by,
Now daytime flies so close those eyes,
It's been a long day little one, little one.
Small birds now slumber in the nest,
And fishes in their stream,
Know night has come to send us rest,
And give to all a wonderous dream,
All night hours go, so soft and low,
The lazy stream runs calm and slow,
It's been a long day little one, little one.
Our weary world is waiting soon,
Bright stars will pierce the sky,
As silent as the golden moon,
That sheds her light on you and I,
And when the darkness drifts away,
Some lark up high will sing and say,
Oh welcome to a newborn day, my little one.

* Carol Hurst's Redwall info, including lesson plans
* Redwall Printable Coloring Pages
* Redwall has it's own Wiki

This week's Poetry Friday round-up is being hosted at The Miss Rumphius Effect.


Author Amok said...

Hi, Tabatha. We loved the Redwall series when the kids were younger. Brian Jacques has wonderful audio recordings, which he narrates with a full cast. Thanks for sharing this!

laurasalas said...

These are lovely, Tabatha. I haven't read any Jacques (as I don't read much fantasy--I picked up a Redwall book once but just wasn't in the mood). But I really like these. They remind me a bit of the songs in The Hobbit, with their sort of old English rhythms.