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Sir Richards Song

Written by: Rudyard Kipling | Biography
 | Quotes (67) |
 (A. D. 1066)
 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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