War & Conflict

All things are quite silent, each mortal at rest
When me and my true love lay snug in one nest
Then a bold set of ruffians broke into our cave
And they forced my dear jewel to plough the salt wave.

I begged hard for my darling as I would for my life
But they’d not listen to me, although a fond wife
Saying: “The king must have sailors, to the wars he must go,”
And they left me lamenting in sorrow and woe.

Through green fields and meadows we oft times have walked
And of fond recollections together have talked
Where the lark and the blackbird so sweetly did sing,
And the lovely thrushes’ voices made the valleys to ring.

Now although I’m forsaken, I won’t be cast down.
Who knows but my true love some day may return
And will make me amends for my trouble and strife
And me and my jewel might live happy for life.

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