Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, COEUR DE LION: 2; SONNET, by DINAH MARIA MULOCK CRAIK

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COEUR DE LION: 2; SONNET, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: O richard, o mon roi.' so minstrels sighed
Last Line: "whispering with innocent awe -- ""this was a king."
Alternate Author Name(s): Mulock, Dinah Maria
Subject(s): Richard I, King Of England (1157-1199)

"O Richard, O mon roi." So minstrels sighed.
The many-centuried voice dies fast away
Amidst the turmoil of our modern day.
How know we but these green-wreathed legends hide
An ugly truth that never could abide
In this our living world's far purer air? --
Nevertheless, O statue, rest thou there,
Our Richard, of all chivalry the pride;
Or if not the true Richard, still a type
Of the old regal glory, fallen, o'er-ripe,
And giving place to better blossoming:
Stand -- imaging the grand heroic days;
And let our little children come and gaze,
Whispering with innocent awe -- "This was a King."

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