Yngvar inn Heppni Yngvar inn Heppni

Red Cloak

Red as blood, red as fire, let your hearts burn ever higher;
Red Cloak, Red Cloak, show me what you know;
Run by Her chariot as the Dragon Queen sets forth.
Seek the Tiger as your Fathers sought the Red Crests long ago!

In your tents, late at night, hear the horses at their picket;
Hear the wind foretell the battle that will waken with the dawn.
Hear the guard fires cracking harshly as a sword will crack the careless;
Hear the old ones talk of past wars until the night is gone.

Red as blood, red as fire, let your hearts burn ever higher;
Red Cloak, Red Cloak, show me what you know;
Run by Her chariot as the Dragon Queen sets forth.
Seek the Tiger as your Fathers sought the Red Crests long ago!

Come the dawn, come the light, you will harness all the horses;
You will wait upon the Queen who goes alone before you all.
You will see Her and remember all the legends of your childhood
Of a great Iceni Queen who would not stand as thrall.

Red as blood, red as fire, let your hearts burn ever higher;
Red Cloak, Red Cloak, show me what you know;
Run by Her chariot as the Dragon Queen sets forth.
Seek the Tiger as your Fathers sought the Red Crests long ago!

At Her call, on the field, you will tighten all your harness;
You will take upon you all that She will ask of you this day.
Her name will you be thundering as the Tiger runs before you
The scent of battle fills the world and binds you to the fray.

Red as blood, red as fire, let your hearts burn ever higher;
Red Cloak, Red Cloak, show me what you know;
Run by Her chariot as the Dragon Queen sets forth;
Seek the Tiger as your Fathers sought the Red Crests long ago!

In the fight, in the dust, in the bloody mud and clamour;
You will sing Her anthem loud and you will run Her banner high;
The bright North Star will fill the sky and Griffon wings will beat there
And they will guard the Dragon Queen and sound her battle cry.

Red as blood, red as fire, let your hearts burn ever higher;
Red Cloak, Red Cloak, show me what you know;
Run by Her chariot as the Dragon Queen sets forth.
Seek the Tiger as your Fathers sought the Red Crests long ago!


Posted by: Sian verch Gruffydd on 10/13/2007

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