So long ago in Settmour Swamp
In kingdom of the East
A dragon menaced one and all
That foul and crafty beast
It ate up all the mutton meat
And drank up all the mead
Oh, who shall save our barony
In this, its time of need?
Merlynia was our ruler then
From Rivenoak in Wales
She’d fought the Romans handily
Her courage never fails
At last she faced the dragon green
But not with sword or shield
She beat the beast most viciously
With leek found in a field
And so in days of darkness deep
When things were looking bleak
Merlynia saved her barony
Just by taking a leek
There's a competition this weekend at Highland River Melees using leeks in any medium. Here the medium is a ballad.
This is a hazy memory from my first months in the SCA. My barony at the time, Settmour Swamp, staged a playlet in which the baroness defeated a guy in a pretty keen dragon suit by hitting him with a large leek. The bad pun was the punchline.
It might have even been her investiture for all I know. Southern EK is like that.
"The Hunt Is Up" works well for a period tune; "Queen Eleanor's Confession" works well for a somewhat post-period tune; the Usual Ballad Meter Suspects can also be enlisted.
I may write an original tune. We'll see.