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Greensleeves
(Two Versions)

William Chatterdon Dixs



Sequenced by Don Carroll

 
VERSION 1 
What child is this, who, lay to rest, 
on Mary's lap, is sleeping
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, 
while shepards watch are keeping


This, this is Christ the King 
whom shepards guard and angels sing
Haste, Haste, to bring him laud, 
The babe, the son of Mary

Why lies he in such mean estate 
where ox and ass are feeding? 
Good Christian, fear; for sinners 
here the silent Word is pleading 

This, this is Christ the King 
whom shepards guard and angels sing
Haste, Haste, to bring him laud, 
The babe, the son of Mary                                 

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh come, 
peaseant, King, to own him; 
The King of kings salvation brings, 
let loving hearts enthrone Him

This, this is Christ the King 
whom shepards guard and angels sing
Haste, Haste, to bring him laud, 
The babe, the son of Mary


VERSION 2 
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





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