Green Sleeves

Beautiful woman walking in garden

Alas, my love, you do me wrong
To cast me off discourteously
For I have loved you well and long
Delighting in your company.

Greensleeves was all my joy,
Greensleeves was my delight.
Greensleeves was my heart of gold
And who but my lady greensleeves.

Your vows you've broken, like my heart
Oh, why did you so enrapture me?
Now I remain in a world apart
But my heart remains in captivity.


I have been ready at your hand
To grant whatever you would crave
I have both wagered life and land
Your love and good-will for to have.


If you intend thus to disdain
It does the more enrapture me
And even so, I still remain
A lover in captivity.


My men were clothed all in green
And they did ever wait on thee;
All this was gallant to be seen
And yet thou wouldst not love me.


Thou couldst desire no earthly thing
But still thou hadst it readily
Thy music still to play and sing;
And yet thou wouldst not love me.


Well, I will pray to God on high
That thou my constancy mayst see
And that yet once before I die
Thou wilt vouchsafe to love me.


Ah, Greensleeves, now farewell, adieu
To God I pray to prosper thee
For I am still thy lover true
Come once again and love me.


  Sometimes we see only beautiful "green sleeves" and do not notice the whole person. Fictitious vision of things cannot show the reason, why something is going wrong.

True interest, understanding and involving in actual needs is much more better than a lot of precious gifts. But even good attitude can't change the prefers of heart.

We can love but not to be loved. Just everyone has own way. Someone who is going the same paths will be always near by you.

© Katia Marynowska.

* This poem is a traditional English folk song known since XVI century. Favorite song of Anne Shirley and Diana Barry in "Anne of Green Gables" animated series.

# Painting "Woman in a White Dress in a Garden"by Charles Courtney Curran, 1918.

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