A dragon fell in love with a princess
and decided to give up meat,
for he'd only ever liked the taste of human flesh
which it now seemed wrong to eat.
So he washed his red wings 'til they gleamed
and brushed his sharp curved teeth
his golden eyes as torches seemed
and his claws were careful sheathed.

Before he left he checked once more
his image in the lake
at first he knew not who he saw
so he had a double-take.
Then he went to the Court of the King of the Land
and asked for the hand of his daughter.
He said he would give her a home, so grand,
and he'd given up on human slaughter.

But the King and the Princess on hearing his plea
fell right off their thrones with laughter
for were the princess somehow to agree,
there'd be no happy ever after.
However the dragon held true to his word
despite their mockery.
He simply would not be deterred
and vowed to make them agree.

The King realised he would not leave
and so set him a quest:
to wander his land and relieve
it of all monstrous pests.
The dragon grave, he took his charge
and left that very night.
His shadow 'gainst the moon was large
as his wings spread in flight.

The King thought he had left his land
and forgot in his haste
that dragons do not understand
how human judgement's based.
He had neglected to explain
how monsters he defined.
He had set forth no "monster-bane"
as he saw in his mind.

The dragon took his quest in hand
and started to throw out
those who lived not upon the land
but on another's tout.
He gained himself a mighty name
"Sir Just, Evil-destroyer"
Captor of criminals by fame
foe of costly lawyers.

But still he ate no human flesh
tho sorely he was tried
From Vorlanay to Keranesh
none by tooth or claw died.
He captured them and locked them up
till they repent their ways
or if they refused mercy's cup
kept them all their days.

Yet seeking to relieve the woes
of his beloved's land
he inadvertently made foes
who didst united stand.
And on the Plain of Dunarree
they massed a mighty force,
so strong and sure and so mighty
they'd see him off, of course.

They'd offered prices far and wide
and mercenaries came:
Each one haughty, filled with pride
and seeking greater fame.
Ten thousand archers answer'ed
and seven thousand lance.
Twelve thousand swordsman came, tis said
each eager for advance.

And on the Plain of Dunarree
they fortified the ground
They dug a pit ten metres deep
With spears all around.
They built a fortress on the Plain
with nine great towers and walls
so confident of success then, they
built a splendid hall.

The hall finished, but as yet
Nowt on the walls was hung
They left them empty, merely set
on each some strengthened rungs.
And each rung was to a size bent
and set high on the walls
for parts of dragon there were meant
to hang in sight of all.