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THE PRINCESS IN THE TOWER

I

The Princess sings:

I am the princess up in the tower,
And I dream the whole day thro'
Of a knight who shall come with a silver spear
And a waving plume of blue.


I am the princess up in the tower,
And I dream my dreams by day,
But sometimes I wake, and my eyes are wet,
When the dusk is deep and gray.


For the peasant lovers go by beneath,
I hear them laugh and kiss,
And I forget my day-dream knight,

And long for a love like this.


II

The Minstrel sings:

I lie beside the princess' tower,
So close she cannot see my face,
And watch her dreaming all day long,

And bending with a lily's grace.


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