Posted by: iansales | January 27, 2010

helm’s deep

Give the boy a sword
and let him stand with the men.

The enemy fills the valley from wall to wall –
if our line should falter and break,
it will condemn us all.
So give the boy a sword
and let him stand with the men.

They bark guttural oaths in their evil tongue
and beat savagely against their shields;
the drums cease…. It will not be long.
So give the boy a sword
and let him stand with the men.

Evil will take and will cleave asunder,
it will rape and pillage
and kill and maim and rob and plunder.
So give the boy a sword
and let him stand with the men.

Now the sorcerers weave their arcane spells –
our orders are clear: we stand firm
until we hear the warning bells.
So give the boy a sword
and let him stand with the men.

Shoulder to shoulder we stand unafraid –
it is on days such as this
that legends are made.
So give the boy a sword
and let him stand with the men.

The boy will learn his destiny this night –
he may not live to morning
but he will learn to fight.
So give the boy a sword
and let him stand with the men.

No age is too young when fate trumpets its call –
let the mountains shake, let the sky turn black,
let the blood flow freely: we shall not fall.
Listen! The enemy charge!
So take up your sword
and go stand with the men.

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