Sir Richard's Song (Poem by Rudyard Kipling)

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Sir Richard's Song
(A.D. 1066)
By Rudyard Kipling


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 famèd,
    Knights and Captains in your degree;
Hear me a little before I am blamèd — 
    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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