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Abecedarian Arthurian

Chevaliers de la Table Ronde

By Raymond G. TaylorPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - January 2024
William Dyce: Knights of the Round Table Depart in Quest of the Holy Grail

Arthurian knights are assembled by moor,

Begging wiz Merlin to try to ensure

Camelot's future will always be free... from

Dastardly, devilish sorcery.

Ever evinced by evil Morgana's

Frightening, mystical, magical aura,

Gawain raises sword against wicked disorder.

His brother knight, Tristan, throws in with

Isolde. Now who should appear with his lance to the

Joust? A challenge to hearten a hero no doubt.

Kay sayeth: "Lo, we must press on to the battle.

Let all worthy knights raise their banner and mantle.

Men of good grace, with God's favour and fettle,

Ne're doubt your sacred, good quest and your mettle.

O'er mountain and valley and plain you will travel,

Perchance you'll rely on your brav'ry and prattle.

Queen and King, both, are beguiled by your charms.

Realms and republics will bow to your arms.

Satan, you'll vanquish, and witches and wizards,

Terrible trolls and dragons and blizzards.

Uther's son, chosen king, you are our saviour.

Verily, you'll win Blessed Virgin's own favour.

Whether sword, faith, or fighting, unfaltering honour,

Xanthous Queen Guinevere, focus of ardour.

Ye purest of soldiers, call fourth all your valour.

Zenith of knightly quest, Albion's flower."

Raimund von Wichera: Guinevere and the Court at Camelot, public domain


About the Creator

Raymond G. Taylor

Author based in Kent, England. A writer of fictional short stories in a wide range of genres, he has been a non-fiction writer since the 1980s. Non-fiction subjects include art, history, technology, business, law, and the human condition.

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  • D. A. Ratliff2 days ago

    Very well done, Ray. Not an easy task and this was entertaining!

  • E.K. Daniels23 days ago

    Fabulous! What a fun take on the challenge. Educational, and reminds me I need to rewatch Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Great job!

  • But beware the purest & best of them all, for he is but a mortal though he does not yet know it.

  • Joe O’Connor28 days ago

    Love it. The rhyme, the flow of words, and the story itself are excellent!

  • Wow! I hope someday to reach that level

  • M Leeabout a month ago

    Nice job! I love the historical & cultural significance behind your work!

  • Sandra Tena Coleabout a month ago

    Good one!! 🤩❣️x

  • PK Colleranabout a month ago

    This is wonderful !!

  • Natalie Wilkinsonabout a month ago


  • Lacy Loar-Gruenlerabout a month ago

    Ray, you're better than Shakespeare! Masterfully written!

  • Rick Henry Christopher about a month ago

    Okay!!! I see what we're dealing with here!!! Ray Taylor is a master!!! This was exquisitely written. Great job Ray!!! I subscribed... I am now an official fan!!!

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Terrific!!! Congratulations on Top Story too!!!💕❤️❤️

  • L.C. Schäferabout a month ago

    Arthurian ledge is the best ledge! I have never heard Merlin called "wiz Merlin" before 😁

  • John Coxabout a month ago

    Cleverly done. Cudos!

  • sleepy draftsabout a month ago

    Wow! This is so creative and masterfully done!!

  • Harbor Benassaabout a month ago

    Fantastic job! This style is so challenging. I love how you created a coherent narrative without any of the lines breaking meter.

  • Thavien Yliaster2 months ago

    Absolutely stunning and beautiful. I didn't even know what an Abecedarian poem was, but this is a shining example of what they are, and what they have the potential to be. The Arthurian history/mythology told in this fits the poetic genre exceptionally well. Your rhyme scheme and its versatility displayed remarkable adaptability and consistency all at once. From the man who had made a writing challenge about witches, this poem speaks volumes about Your love for the fantasy genre, in my opinion. If You somehow managed to mention the man-eating rabbit, I would've had to get a drink of water just to do a spit-take of laughter.

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Stunning. What a masterpiece and fine entry to the challenge. Well done on the Top Story, Raymond!

  • D. J. Reddall2 months ago


  • Back to say congratulations on Top Story!!!

  • Tressa Rose2 months ago

    How creative for this challenge! Awesome job!

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Ace Melee2 months ago

    What a magical adventure in this poem!

  • Oneg In The Arctic2 months ago

    Some brilliant word use here. You're a word wizard!

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