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First Line: The kings come riding home from the crusade
Last Line: And young lord raymond stormed jerusalem.
Alternate Author Name(s): Belloc, Joseph Hilaire Pierre Rene

The kings come riding home from the Crusade,
The purple kings with all their mounted men.
They fill the street with clamorous cavalcade.
The kings have broken down the Saracen.
Singing a great song of the Eastern wars,
In crimson ships across the sea they came,
With crimson sails and diamonded dark oars
That made the Mediterranean flash like flame.
And, reading how in that dark month the ranks
Formed on the edge of the desert, armoured all,
I wished to God that I had been with them,
When Godfrey led the foremost of the Franks,
And the first Norman leaped upon the wall,
And young Lord Raymond stormed Jerusalem.

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