The Ballad of Tobias Marchand

Author's Note: Standard fanfic disclaimer that wouldn't last ten seconds in a court of law: Tobias and Lena Marchand aren't my characters and Valdemar isn't my setting. Based on characters and settings from Mercedes Lackey's novel Intrigues, p. 35-50. Jerrin's ballad should be sung to the tune of "Greensleeves." Yes, I know the scansion is off and the rhyme scheme is forced. It's supposed to be. Think of "My Lady's Eyes." And Dalith's right ... it really does need a chorus.

The Ballad of Tobias Marchand

by Susan M. M

based on characters and situations created by Mercedes Lackey

to be sung to the tune of "Greensleeves"

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"A bard there was of high degree, whose silver tongue sung songs so sweet.

Sapphire his eyes and hair like coal. To hear him sing was such a treat."

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"Proud was this bard of his great skill, for he was great and so said all.

Himself he said the selfsame thing. Alas! Pride goes before a fall."

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"Trainees he did mistake, alas, mistake for pages in the hall.

Orders he gave for errands run, and not a word of thanks did call."

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"So great his pride, so vain was he, he did not look, he did not guess,

The trainee who before him stood, his daughter he did sore distress."