It is not the sword
It is not the sword – Anon.
“It is not the sword, but the man,” said Merlyn. But the people demanded a sign— the sword forged by Waylund, Excalibur, the “lightning-shard.” “It is not the sword, but the words men follow.” Still, he set it in the stone —Excalibur, the sword of kings— and many a man did strive, and swore, and many a man did moan. But none could budge it from the stone. “It is not the sword or the strength,” said Merlyn, “that makes a man a king, but the truth and the conviction that ring in his iron word.” “It is not the sword,” said Merlyn, crowd-jostled, marveling as Arthur drew forth Excalibur with never a gasp, with never a word, and so became their king.