The Northern Virtues

THE NORTHERN VIRTUES
(C) Emily Holbert Kellam

In a far southern wood stood a fair Unicorn
There he looked to the North of his land bravely born
And espied there a Ram in the chill of the morn
Thought he, ‘I would have such strength too’

With small courage at last he timidly asked
‘Noble Ram, could I ever be a strong as you?’
‘Never fear,’ said the Ram, ‘for I once was young too
‘And by the boldness of the Bear I grew’

Through the Northlands he passed and in strong voice he asked
‘Noble Bear, could I ever be a strong as you?’
‘Never fear,’ said the Bear, ‘for I once was young too
‘And by the wisdom of the Wolf I grew’

Growing bold to his task to the high seat he asked
‘Noble Wolf, could I ever be a strong as you?’
‘Never fear,’ said the Wolf, ‘for I once was young too
‘And by the grace of the Dragon I grew’

With his legacy learned he was ready to start
‘Graceful in words and now wise in my art
‘Bold in deed and now with a great strength in my heart
‘By these virtues of the North I’ll grow
‘By the Virtues of the North I grow’

Recordings:
Waves on the Shore, Emily Holbert Kellam (2009)
Royal Progress, Hector of the Black Height (2003)

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