Greensleeves Lyrics

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Greensleeves Lyrics

  • Lyrics of the famous Tudor song
  • Lyrics to famous Sixteenth Century song
  • Tudor Music and Song
  • King Henry VIII
  • Words and Lyrics

Greensleeves Lyrics

Greensleeves Lyrics
Greensleeves is a traditional English folk song and the famous song from the Tudor era. The modern words and lyrics of Greensleeves are detailed below. Many believe that the words were written by King Henry VIII for Anne Boleyn, however this has never been proved. However, the melody and lyrics were certainly written during the Tudor period. The similarities between the words of the song and the relationship between Anne and King Henry can be accessed by clicking the following link.

Greensleeves

The similarities between the words of the song and the relationship between Anne and King Henry can be accessed by clicking the following link.

Lady Greensleeves

Greensleeves Lyrics
The modern spellings, words and lyrics of Greensleeves are detailed below:

Greensleeves Lyrics

Alas, my love, you do me wrong,
To cast me off discourteously.
For I have loved you well and long,
Delighting in your company.


Chorus:
Greensleeves was all my joy
Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
And who but my lady greensleeves.


Alas, my love, that you should own
A heart of wanton vanity,
So must I meditate alone
Upon your insincerity.


(Chorus)

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.


(Chorus)

If you intend thus to disdain,
It does the more enrapture me,
And even so, I still remain
A lover in captivity.


(Chorus)

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.


(Chorus)

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.


(Chorus)

I bought thee kerchiefs for thy head,
That were wrought fine and gallantly;
I kept thee at both board and bed,
Which cost my purse well-favoredly.


(Chorus)

I bought thee petticoats of the best,
The cloth so fine as it might be;
I gave thee jewels for thy chest,
And all this cost I spent on thee.


(Chorus)

Thy smock of silk, both fair and white,
With gold embroidered gorgeously;
Thy petticoat of sendal right,
And these I bought thee gladly.


(Chorus)

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.


(Chorus)

They set thee up, they took thee down,
They served thee with humility;
Thy foot might not once touch the ground,
And yet thou wouldst not love me.


(Chorus)

'Tis, 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.


(Chorus)

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.


Greensleeves was all my joy
Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
And who but my lady greensleeves.

Greensleeves Lyrics
 

Greensleeves Lyrics
The haunting melody and the beautiful lyrics of Greensleeves combine to produce the most famous song from the Tudor era.

Greensleeves Lyrics
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Greensleeves Lyrics

  • Lyrics of the famous Tudor song
  • Lyrics to famous Sixteenth Century song
  • Tudor Music and Song
  • King Henry VIII
  • Words and Lyrics

Greensleeves Lyrics

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