Hail to the Host
Lyrics by Cornelius Booth
This song is sung before the King in the palace. The King is angered by the subject matter and interrupts before the song id fimished.
Hail to the host! A guest is come
At this point Nornagest is interrupted by the King
From wand'ring o'er the fell.
Now he who knocks is frozen numb,
Then treat the traveller well.
Dry clothes and food and drink he'll need,
All for the stranger's cheering;
Good manners and a cup of mead,
Words… and a willing hearing.
Whoever enters an unknown door,
Let him look in. Let him watch well.
He little knows what lies in store
Or where his enemies dwell.
A humble home is better far
Than mighty monarch's hall.-