I have a thousand men

"I have a thousand men," said he,  
  "To wait upon my will;
And towers nine upon the Tyne, 
  And three upon  the Till."

"And what care I for your men?" said she,  
  "Or towers from Tyne to Till?
Sith you must go with me," said she, 
  "To wait upon my will."

"And you may lead a thousand men 
  Nor ever draw the rein,
But before you lead the Fairy Queen 
  'Twill burst your heart in twain."

He has slipped his foot from the stirrup-bar, 
  The bridle from his hand,
And he is bound by hand and foot 
  To the Queen of Fairy Land.

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