The Holden Stone

Reflections of a Fantasy Writer

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The Warning of the Birdfoot Star



When the lionbird1 steps from the fire,

The land will move,

The sea will storm,

The harvest rot.

When the Great Bear wears a crown,

Princes die. 

Beware the Birdfoot Star.


— from the Great Astrolabe above the Throne Room of the Norgon Kings 


1The Morris translate lionbird as phoenix.   They also call the Birdfoot Star the Phoenix Star. 









 cf. A warning from 16th century Earth (Fawn’s note)



The Blazing Star



Threatening the world with Famine, Plague, and War:

 To Princes, Death!...

To Sailors, Storms; To Cities, Civil Treasons!


De cometis

                                              by John Gadbury, London, 1665


Al Deer die, my Dear1

(Or What the Cuckold told his Friends)

(to the tune of The Happy Wanderer by Mueller)





A dolman went a-wandering

Throughout the hills and back

He'd pipe, he'd sing till the hills'd all ring

And my lady’s hart he trapped


Al deer dee, Al deer die

My lady’s hart he trapped.


My lady went a-huntering

Across the hills and back

The dogs they barked a-coursering

Along the wilder tracks


Al deer dee, Al deer die

My lady’s hart he trapped


A white hart they saw gamboling

"Give chase!" my lady cried

Into the dark deep brambling

She left my loving eye.


Al deer dee, Al deer die

My lady’s hart he’d trapped


My lady’s lords went following

Searching high, low, and back

Arrived to see in a hollowing

Her deer hide flung o’er his back


Al deer dee, Al deer die

My lady’s hart he’d trapped.





1One of the bar songs that Kirtoff sings before he "dies" during a game of CrossJacks in The Cassandra Stone.

2Original artwork by Ivy A Dexter, circa 1900


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