A Ballad Of The Two Knights

Two knights rode forth at early dawn
A-seeking maids to wed,
Said one, "My lady must be fair,
With gold hair on her head."

Then spake the other knight-at-arms:
"I care not for her face,
But she I love must be a dove
For purity and grace."

And each knight blew upon his horn
And went his separate way,
And each knight found a lady-love
Before the fall of day.

But she was brown who should have had
The shining yellow hair --
I ween the knights forgot their words
Or else they ceased to care.

For he who wanted purity
Brought home a wanton wild,
And when each saw the other knight
I ween that each knight smiled.

by Sara Teasdale

Comments (4)

HI I A JEFF IM 21 YESRS OLD I LIKE DEEZ NUTZ AND TURTLES
each one should smile without knowing the faults of each oehter.... good one n deserved well....10
I love reading historical novels during those periods of knights and castles and kings. I enjoyed your rendition of a scene from those times. Ben
Better the lady you're with than the one you imagine.