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Re: Oh please..someone tell another lighthearted story
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- Date: 23 Mar 95 08:59:00 -0500
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Greetings unto the Merry Rose!
Good gentles, I'm in need of another lighthearted story or song... Could
someone *please* indulge me? I have some lovely old single malt scotch to
share (I 'borrowed" it from Pascal... he won't mind.... much.. ;D)
:::Pulling spindle and wool from basket and looking around hopefully:::
To Anne Elizabeth from Ianthe,
By now, the song and story request has made its way around the
assembled circle, and returned to me. How can I deny you?
This is a song I learned from Baroness Morgaine de Provence long, long
years ago. I do not know its name, who wrote it or from whence it
came. Please excuse my rusty alto and imperfect memory:
When I was a young lad and very well thought of
I couldn't ask all that the ladies denied.
I nibbled their hearts like a handful of raisins,
And I never spoke love for I knew that I lied.
I said to myself, "Ah, none of them know
The secret I shelter and savour and save.
I wait for the one who will see through my seeming,
I'll know when I love by the way I behave."
The years drifted by me like clouds in the heavens,
The ladies went by me like snow on the wind.
I charmed and I cheated, deceived and dissembled;
And I sinned, and I sinned, and I sinned, and I sinned.
But I said to myself, "Ah, none of them see
There's a part of me pure as the wisp of a wave.
My lady is late but she'll find I've been faithful;
She'll know that I love by the way I behave."
At last came a lady both knowing and tender,
Saying "You're not at all what they take you to be."
I betrayed her before she had quite finished speaking.
She swallowed cold poison and jumped in the sea.
And I say to myself, when I've time for a word
As I gracefully grow more debauched and depraved:
"True love may be strong, but a habit is stronger;
I knew when I loved by the way I behaved."
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