updated: Feb 16 2018

Two Sonnets

I wanted to celebrate the fact that there would be two reigning queens at Pennsic this year with an interest in dance (Eridani of Trimaris and Judith of Drachenwald), so I decided to emulate Caroso's practice of writing sonnets dedicated to women of high station. I laid them out as two facing manuscript pages, written in a humanist hand with a relatively simple illuminated initial. I presented them at HRM Eridani's River of Stars ball on Monday evening.

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1500 - 1599

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Text for HRM Judith's sonnet

Each morning as the new sun shines its light
Arriving o'er the heaving ocean's swell
I wonder what it knows of She who dwells
In castle strong, 'neath golden crown so bright.

Just once a year, when summer nears its height
Have I the chance to take her hand and tell
Of how I long to yield unto the spell
That fills the air when dancing feet take flight.

When time has made its solemn march to war
And minstrels take up arms to make their song
My tongue is silenced by my joyful feet
That caper as they drag my heart along.
Words fail before the music's merry beat
And silently I smile and ask for more.

added by Lorenzo Petrucci on Aug 17 2009

Text for HRM Eridani's sonnet

Between three seas a golden lady reigns
Upon the throne her people to inspire
To acts of valor with their hearts afire
While in her own bright embers still remain.

The call of Duty sends her on campaign
Where hounds of battle bay a martial choir
'Til eveningtide reveals her fond desire:
To dance to fair Terpsichore's refrain.

The wise man knows that two sides has the heart;
That Duty over Love can hold no sway.
When Kingdom calls she gladly does her part
But by her true love's side shall ever stay.
No archer's barb can match swift Cupid's dart
Nor armies drive the faithful heart astray.

added by Lorenzo Petrucci on Aug 17 2009