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Fair maiden of ___, most feared in these parts,
with terrible power thou ___ men's hearts.
The beaux of all kingdoms thou ___ to doom;
thy ___ and light they seek, but find their tomb.
Excited, the ___ all play, sing and dance;
each soldier and ___ falls under your trance.
The suitors all ___ with armor and swords;
a ___ for thee, each of peasants and lords.
In duels or ___ the smitten men brawl;
for each the ___ is the same: They all fall.

Fill the gaps with ten different anagrams.

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I think the blanks are

ULSTER, RULEST, LUREST, LUSTRE, LUTERS, SUTLER, RUSTLE, LUSTER, TRUELS, RESULT

but I am not very convinced by the eighth because the sentence structure comes out rather weird. I should mention that a

SUTLER is someone who follows an army around and provides them with provisions.

Here's the whole thing with the blanks filled in.

Fair maiden of ULSTER, most feared in these parts,
with terrible power thou RULEST men's hearts.
The beaux of all kingdoms thou LUREST to doom;
thy LUSTRE and light they seek, but find their tomb.
Excited, the LUTERS all play, sing and dance;
each soldier and SUTLER falls under your trance.
The suitors all RUSTLE with armor and swords;
a LUSTER for thee, each of peasants and lords.
In duels or TRUELS the smitten men brawl;
for each the RESULT is the same: They all fall.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is correct. I had a couple of variants for line 8 but neither sounded particularly natural when the blanked word has to be in the singular... $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    May 29, 2021 at 2:27
  • $\begingroup$ Nice work! I got stuck on truels, never heard of that! $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    May 29, 2021 at 2:28
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, I can well believe that cramming all those words in made it pretty impossible to avoid some inelegance :-). $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    May 29, 2021 at 2:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Amoz Heh. That word was the one that got me in, so to speak. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    May 29, 2021 at 2:29
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    $\begingroup$ How about "Each peasant thy ___, and each of the lords" for line 8? I'm not sure whether it's any better than what's there at present. Or "A ___ for thee, every one of the lords" but I think that fails semantically because the point is that it covers everyone, not just one class. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    May 29, 2021 at 2:34

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