Folk Song

X:1 T:Chevy Chase C:Trad R: H: D: Z: M: L: O: N: S: K: W:God prosper long our noble king, Our lives and safeties all; W:A woeful hunting once there did, In Chevy Chase befall. W:. W:The stout Earl of Northumberland, A vow to God did make, W:His pleasure in the Scottish woods, Three summer's days to take; W: . W:The ohiefest harts in Chevy Chase, To kill and bear away. W:These tidings to Earl Douglas came, In Scotland where he lay: W: . W:Who sent Earl Percy present word, He would prevent his sport. W:The English earl, not fearing that, Did to the woods resort. W:. W:With fifteen hundred bow-men bold, All chosen men of might, W:Who knew full well in time of need, To aim their shafts aright. W: . W:Lord Percy to the quarry went, To view the slaughtered deer. W:Quoth he, Earl Douglas promised, This day to meet me here: W: . W:Lo, yonder doth Earl Douglas come, His men in armour bright; W:Full twenty hundred Scottish spears, All marching in our sight. W: . W:Earl Douglas on his milk-white steed, Most like a baron bold, W:Rode foremost of his company, Whose armour shone like gold. W: . W:Show me, said he, whose men you be, That hunt so boldly here1 W:That, without my consent, do chase, And kill my fallow-deer. W: . W:Ere thus I will out-braved be, One of us two shall die: W:I know thee well, an earl thou art; Lord Percy, so am I. W: . W:Let thou and I the battle try, And set our men aside. W:Accurst be he, Earl Percy said, By whom this is denied. W: . W:With that, there came an arrow keen, Out of English bow, W:Which struck Earl Douglas to the heart, A deep and deadly blow: W: . W:Who never spake more words than these, Fight on, my merry men all; W:For why, my life is at an end; Lord Percy sees my fall. W: . W:This fight did last from break of day, Till setting of the sun; W:For when they rung the evening-bell, The battle scarce was done. W: . W:God save our king, and bless this land, With plenty, joy, and peace; W:And grant henceforth, that foul debate, 'Twixt noblemen may cease. % % % % %