by Mac McAnear
Member - Division 4
Copyright © 2002-2003 Mac McAnear
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The Bruce's heart beat one last time|
Stopped at the break of day
Faithful men with the watch all night
Witnessed and knelt to pray.
Grim they were under solemn oath
To take his heart from his corpse
Secure it well in a casket made
Entrust to the knight on his horse.
Jamie Douglas a close, close friend
With sacred promise for the deed
Would carry the heart as he faced the Saracen
Fight till Jerusalem freed.
Content at last the Bruce expired
Assured his heart would go
To defend the Faith in the Holy Land
Against the Saracen foe.
Fixed in his thoughts Jamie crossed the waters
On the Spanish land met the Moor
Girded himself for the upcoming battle
The Bruce's heart afore.
Overwhelmed he was, though fought like a demon
The Saracen swords took their toll
With mighty effort rose in the saddle
Hurled the heart ahead to a knoll.
"Robbie, me Lad, lead the way!
"I'll soon up behind ye
"We'll fight together the heathen devil
"Thou, Brave Heart, to remind me!"
The recent Mel Gibson film, "Braveheart" inspired many, with a newfound appreciation for Medieval history in general and Scottish history in particular.
While the story of Wallace is certainly captivating, the movie did not do justice to the real hero of the period, Robert the Bruce.
The Bruce's legacy, of tremendous courage, resilience, leadership, and compassion is inspiring to all.
Particularly moving was the Bruce's repeated displays of grace to his defeated enemies and political opponents.
How rare in history to see such compassion from a victor in battle!