Helen Merrill Greensleeves cover

Greensleeves
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Verse 1
Alas, my love, you do me wrong,
To cast me off discourteously.
For I have loved you well and long,
Delighting in your company.
Verse 2
[Chorus]
Greensleeves was all my joy
Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
And who but my lady greensleeves.
Verse 3
Your vows you've broken, like my heart,
Oh, why did you so enrapture me?
Now I remain in a world apart
But my heart remains in captivity.
Verse 4
[Chorus]
Verse 5
I have been ready at your hand,
To grant whatever you would crave,
I have both wagered life and land,
Your love and good-will for to have.
Verse 6
[Chorus]
Verse 7
If you intend thus to disdain,
It does the more enrapture me,
And even so, I still remain
A lover in captivity.
Verse 8
[Chorus]
Verse 9
My men were clothed all in green,
And they did ever wait on thee;
All this was gallant to be seen,
And yet thou wouldst not love me.
Verse 10
[Chorus]
Verse 11
Thou couldst desire no earthly thing,
but still thou hadst it readily.
Thy music still to play and sing;
And yet thou wouldst not love me.
Verse 12
[Chorus]
Verse 13
Well, I will pray to God on high,
that thou my constancy mayst see,
And that yet once before I die,
Thou wilt vouchsafe to love me.
Verse 14
[Chorus]
Verse 15
Ah, Greensleeves, now farewell, adieu,
To God I pray to prosper thee,
For I am still thy lover true,
Come once again and love me.
Verse 16
[Chorus]

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