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When Princes Meet

  • (Tom Paxton)

    When princes meet the poor little men must tremble
    In judgment seat
    They speak of their wars while great armies assemble
    Their armor shines to shame the sun
    They move like gods they do resemble
    All bow their necks to iron feet when princes meet

    When castles rise the poor little men must build them
    To charm the skies
    They throw up the turrets where the great lords will them
    They dig the dungeons from the earth
    And their brothers, wives and children fill them
    All those below cast down their eyes when castles rise

    God save the king for he grants us leave to serve him
    His praises sing and grant that we may deserve him
    Who counts the cost, the cattle and men to be lost
    'Tis no small thing to serve a king

    When kings make war the poor little men must fight them
    They must do more
    They hold out their necks for great lords' swords to bite them
    The sons of lords cleave through their ranks
    In the hopes some warrior king might knight them
    It's what the poor little men are for when kings make war

    Hide your cattle in the woods, Francois
    The lord is looking your way
    Hide your women and your goods, Francois
    They're coming around to make you pay
    Hide if you can, poor little man, think of a prayer to say
    Hide if you can, poor little man, think of a prayer to say

    God save the king for he grants us leave to serve him
    His praises sing and grant that we may deserve him
    Who counts the cost, the cattle and men to be lost
    'Tis no small thing to serve a king

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