On the Occasion of D. Sebastian's Vigil

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At the Marketplace at Birka, AS 45, Diomedes Sebastianus was sent to Vigil for the Order of the Chivalry. While waiting to speak to him, Grim the Skald composed this verse and recited it for the noble fighter.

Grinning warrior, great in prowess,
bearing battle-fire bright in shield-clash,
where fighters vie his voice rings out,
calling to arms the Eastern men.

To kingdom's Hirð he's called this day
and given bright belt of argent,
the golden spurs to gleam at his feet,
and golden chain— chivalry's sign.

© Dan Marsh

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