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ROMANCERO: BOOK 1. HISTORIES: KING RICHARD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Through the silent glades of the forest there springs
Last Line: And his spurs to his proud horse gives he.
Subject(s): Forests; Prisons & Prisoners; Richard I, King Of England (1157-1199); Woods; Convicts


THROUGH the silent glades of the forest there springs
An eager horseman proudly;
He blows his horn, he laughs, and he sings
Exultingly and loudly.

His armour is made of the brass most strong,
But stronger still is his bosom;
'Tis Coeur de Lion that's riding along,
That Christian chivalry's blossom.

"Thou'rt welcome to England!" each verdant bough
Exclaims with joyous assurance;
"We're heartily glad, O monarch, that thou
"Hast escap'd from thine Austrian durance."

The king snuffs up the free air the while,
Like a newborn creature lives he;
He thinks of his Austrian dungeon vile, --
And his spurs to his proud horse gives he.





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