The Queen's Court Manuscript with Other Ancient Bohemian Poems/The Lark

For other English-language translations of this work, see The Lark (Queen's Court Manuscript).


All in a lordly garden ground
Is weeding hemp a maid,
A Lark addresses her and asks,
Why sad, and why afraid?

‘O how can I then joyful be,
Thou pretty little lark?
My lover they have ta’en from me,
And shut in dungeon dark.

‘O had I, had I but a pen,
A letter I would write,
And thou my messenger should’st be,
And with it take thy flight.

‘But I’ve no paper, I’ve no pen,
A letter to essay,
So greet and tell my love in song,
That here I pine away.’