Sir Richard’s Song

I followed my Duke ere I was a lover,
   To take from England fief and fee;
  But now this game is the other way over -
   But now England hath taken me!

  I had my horse, my shield and banner,
   And a boy's heart, so whole and free;
  But now I sing in another manner -
   But now England hath taken me!

  As for my Father in his tower,
   Asking news of my ship at sea,
  He will remember his own hour -
   Tell him England hath taken me!

  As for my Mother in her bower,
   That rules my Father so cunningly,
  She will remember a maiden's power -
   Tell her England hath taken me!

  As for my Brother in Rouen City,
   A nimble and naughty' page is he,
  But he will come to suffer and pity -
   Tell him England hath taken me!

  As for my little Sister waiting
   In the pleasant orchards of Normandie,
  Tell her youth is the time for mating -
   Tell her England hath taken me!

  As for my comrades in camp and highway
   That lift their eyebrows scornfully,
  Tell them their way is not my way -
   Tell them England hath taken me!

  Kings and Princes and Barons famed,
   Knights and Captains in your degree;
  Hear me a little before I am blamed -
   Seeing England hath taken me!

  Howso great man's strength be reckoned,
   There are two things he cannot flee.
  Love is the first, and Death is the second -
   And Love in England hath taken me!

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