Frederick Kesner

Bronze Star - 2,332 Points (28 August / St. Thomas University Hospital)

Elegy For Jonathan, The Prince - Poem by Frederick Kesner

stately tall you meekly stand
on your finger the signet band
for my sake you shunned your crown
for my breath your devotion fierce

you gave for me your sword and squire
your hospitality did never tire
proud brothers in battle or play
companions going about each day

in your shadow I had no care
my home's cupboards were never bare
song and merriment never missed
hunger a stranger to my lips

your place at court set second to mine
your heart pure - best fruit of vine
your eyes reflect esteem so dear
no man's affection held so near

O gallant Prince in battle slain
my soul cries out for you in pain
Saul's crown you've set upon my head -
a long-held secret I shan't covet

My lord, one could never repay;
the debt of friendship's love dismay?
to live this life as noble and true
to generously care and give as you

Prince of the Realm, if you could hear
the Scroll of the Upright, loud and clear
in the Song of the Bow proclaimed
praise of our filial bond inscribed.


Comments about Elegy For Jonathan, The Prince by Frederick Kesner

  • (5/23/2007 8:19:00 PM)

    An elegy fit for a gallant prince. Beautifully written. Take care.

    Warm regards,


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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