WARRIOR BOUND FOR PALESTINE, A

WARRIOR BOUND FOR PALESTINE, A
Song
Queen Hortense of Holland
Queen Hortense; Eng. tr. W. H. Bellamy
Addison & Mollier Co., London
Queen Hortense was the step-daughter of Napoleon, married to his brother and made queen of Holland. She composed marches as well as “art songs.” The Crusader motif may reflect her step-father’s ambitions in the Middle East.

A warrior bound for Palestine
Ere arming for the war,
Knelt low before Saint Mary’s shrine
It was the young Dunois;
“Great Queen,” so ran that warrior’s pray’r,
“Oh! grant the boon I crave.
That I, who love the fairest fair,
Prove bravest of the brave.”

Upon that sacred shrine he trac’d
His fealty with his sword,
Then flew to join with eager haste
The standard of his Lord.
And aye his cry was heard where’er
Its folds were seen to wave,
“True love to her the fairest fair!
And glory to the brave!”

“To you I owe the victory
Dunois,” exclaimed his Lord,
“And now, brave youth, my task shall be
Such valour to reward:
Young Isabel, my pride, my care,
As guerdon thou shalt have;
For well deserves the fairest fair
The bravest of the brave.”

And now, return’d from Palestine,
Dunois receiv’d with pride
Before Saint Mary’s sacred shrine,
His young and peerless bride:
While from the thousand voices there
Burst forth from Quire and Nave,
“Alone should wed the fairest fair,
The bravest of the brave.”

Palestine (pre-1948)
WARRIOR BOUND FOR PALESTINE, A