by William James Roe

Two knights set forth to fare a-field,
  And both were blithe and gay,
Quoth one: Now I will bear the shield,
  And the sword shall play.

So all the day they rode away
  All through the foeman’s land;
But none could’pferce that perfect shield
  And none the sword withstand.

But I mistrust that never knights
  Would be so brave for fray
If both essayed to bear the shield,
  Or both the sword to play.

Their knightly names who fared a-field;
  Albert the sword did play,
And for the one who bore the shield,
  Her husband called her May.

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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