Lyrics of the Hearthside

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Knight

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
  • Word Count: 126
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: royal, royalty
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Our good knight, Ted, girds his broadsword on
(And he wields it well, I ween);
He ’s on his steed, and away has gone
To the fight for king and queen.
What tho’ no edge the broadsword hath?
What tho’ the blade be made of lath?
‘T is a valiant hand
That wields the brand,
So, foeman, clear the path!

He prances off at a goodly pace;
‘T is a noble steed he rides,
That bears as well in the speedy race
As he bears in battle–tides.
What tho’ ‘t is but a rocking–chair
That prances with this stately air?
‘T is a warrior bold
The reins doth hold,
Who bids all foes beware!