The three knights (Edward German)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-03-28).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 783 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The three knights
Composer: Edward German
Lyricist: Arthur Clevelandcreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1911 Novello, Ewer and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Three knights came riding out of the West,
Sir Guy, Sir Ralph, and the bold Sir Hugh;
And each was sworn to follow a quest
And noble deeds to do.
Sir Guy would harry the Paynim horde,
A dragon should fall to Sir Ralph’s good sword,
And Sir Hugh rode courting the Lady Maud.
Sing Hey! sing Ho! for eyes of blue!
From Holy Wars returned Sir Guy.
With his sword, Sir Ralph, the dragon he slew;
But never a soul again set eye upon the bold Sir Hugh!
Though a Paynim Chief with his lance has skill,
And a dragon’s claws are strong to kill,
Yet a woman’s wiles are stronger still!
Sing Hey! sing Ho! for eyes of blue!