The hero of Fallshire Fair
by Roger the Goliard
Twas deep in a forest of green and mist
that a knight clad in armor and sheild-
His lance tilted high and his sword close by-
rode forth to the tournoment field.
Come you with me to the hill country
to a place in the shade of the trees
and I'll join you there at the Fallshire Fair
where time is whenever you please.
The dancers were circling, their hands were all joined,
and the knight watched them gaily go round;
One maiden was there who was passing fair,
but she caused his heart to bound.
Come dance with me in the hill country,
All under the flowering trees;
I'll dance with you there at the Fallshire Fair,
Where time is whenever you please.
He went to the maid when the dance had played,
and he made her an offer so fine:
"Come you hand in hand to a merchant's stand,
and a scarf of fine silk shall be thine."
"Fine scarves to wear for your lady fair,
You'll never find better than these;
Fine scarves to wear at the Fallshire Fair,
All made for a lady to please."
Then onto the tourney field strode that knight,
and he issued a challange so bold:
"If any man round claims the victor's crown,
Stand forth, thy claim to uphold!"
So sword and shield in the hill country,
All under the trembling trees;
But none was there at the Fallshire Fair
Could bring this bold knight to his knees.
Then unto his lady this knight did go;
"Bestow me your favor," said he.
"I'll love no man only for fighting, sir,
But write me a song, and I'll see."
"Come sing me a song of the hill country,
Of a place in the shade of the trees;
And I'll join you there at the Fallshire Fair,
Where time is whenever you please."