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William Morris (1834-1896)

Sir Giles' War-Song


              1  Ho! is there any will ride with me,
              2    Sir Giles, le bon des barrières?

              3  The clink of arms is good to hear,
              4The flap of pennons fair to see;
              5    Ho! is there any will ride with me,
              6      Sir Giles, le bon des barrières?

              7  The leopards and lilies are fair to see;
              8"St. George Guienne" right good to hear:
              9    Ho! is there any will ride with me,
            10      Sir Giles, le bon des barrières?

            11  I stood by the barrier,
            12My coat being blazon'd fair to see;
            13    Ho! is there any will ride with me,
            14      Sir Giles, le bon des barrières?

            15  Clisson put out his head to see,
            16And lifted his basnet up to hear;
            17    I pulled him through the bars to ME,
            18      Sir Giles, le bon des barrières.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: William Morris, The Defence of Guenevere, and Other Poems (London: Bell and Daldy, 1858). PR 5078 D4 1858 SIGS end M677 D44 1858 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1858
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP 2.603.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/10

Rhyme: ab baab abab baab abab


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