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Gordon Bok – The Maiden In Birds Plumage chords
[Intro] Dm Am [Verse]Dm AmIt was Nilus ErlandsonDm GmRode forth the deer to takeDm Bb AmAnd there he saw the lily-white hindDm Am Dm AmThat ran through bush and brake[Verse]Dm AmHe chased her, Nilus ErlandsonDm GmThat longed for her so soreDm Bb AmBut swift was she, and still did fleeDm GmFor three days' space and more, moreDm Am DmFor three days' space and more[Verse]AmNow snares he set on every pathDm GmWhere'er a beast might goDm Bb AmBut all so wise was the lily-white hindDm Am Dm AmThat he could not take her so[Verse]Dm AmSir Nilus all through the greenwoodDm GmRode and rode in vainDm Bb AmHis hounds loosed he by two, by threeDm GmTo run her down a-main, mainDm Am DmTo run her down a-main[Verse]AmNow can she spy no way to flyDm GmSo hot the hounds pursueDm Bb AmHer shape she changed to a falcon fierceDm Am Dm AmAnd aloft in the air she flew[Verse]Dm AmHer shape she changed to a falcon fleetDm GmAnd perched on a linden greenDm Bb AmAnd under the boughs Sir Nilus stoodDm GmAnd sighed for toil and tane, taneDm AmAnd sighed for toil and tane[Verse]Dm AmSir Nilus has taken his axe in his handDm GmTo fell the linden treeDm Bb AmWhen forth there sprang a foresterDm Am Dm AmThat smote the haft in three[Verse]Dm Am"Oh, would you take my father's woodDm GmAnd all to do me wrongDm Bb AmFor I promise thee, Nilus ErlandsonDm GmThat thou shalt rue it long, long!Dm AmThat thou shalt rue it long!"[Verse]Dm Am"Oh, let me take this single treeDm GmThis tree alone of thineDm Bb AmFor but I can take the falcon fellDm Am Dm AmI die of toil and pain!"[Verse]Dm Am"Oh, hark and heed, thou fair young knightDm GmThis counsel that I bringDm Bb AmNe'er shalt thou take her till she tasteDm GmThe blood of a tamed thing, thing!Dm Am DmThe blood of a tamed thing!"[Verse]AmA gobbet he cut of his bleeding breastDm GmRight bitter pain he knewDm Bb AmShe flapped her wings and down she fellDm Am Dm AmAnd on the bait she flew[Verse]Dm AmShe flapped her wings and down she flewDm GmAnd on the bait she fellDm Bb AmAnd she changed her shape to the fairest maidDm GmThat ever a tongue can tell, tellDm Am DmThat ever a tongue can tell[Verse]AmShe stood in a sark of silk so redDm GmWhere the linden tree did growDm Bb AmAnd in the arms of Nilus ErlandsonDm Am Dm AmShe told her word of woe[Verse]Dm Am"I sat and broidered lily and roseDm GmMy father's board besideDm Bb AmWhen in there came my dear stepdameDm GmWhose wrath was ill to bide, bideDm AmWhose wrath was ill to bide"[Verse]Dm Am"My shape she changed to the lily-white hindDm GmTo run in wild greenwoodDm Bb AmAnd my seven maidens to seven grey wolvesDm Am Dm AmAnd bade them drink my blood"[Verse]Dm AmThe damsel stood 'neath the linden treeDm GmAnd loosed her golden hairDm Bb AmAnd then there came, what erst were wolvesDm GmBut now were maidens fair, fairDm Am DmBut now were maidens fair[Verse]Am"Oh, thanks to thee, Nilus Erlandson!Dm GmHast saved me from hurt and harmDm Bb AmNever shalt thou seek thy slumberDm Am Dm AmBut on my lily-white arm"[Verse]Dm Am"Oh, thanks to thee, Nilus ErlandsonDm GmHast set my sorrow to rest!Dm Bb AmNever shalt thou seek thy slumberDm GmBut on my lily-white breast, breastDm AmBut on my lily-white breast"