Of Johannes and Willehalm P1Have I told you of the three knights who journeyed to Spain
And only one managed to come back again?
If you know not of what I speak but still wish to know
There are probably records librarians stow
In their chambers; I assume that you can read.
Otherwise there is not much that can lead
You to be curious regarding this matter.
I hope such poems do not exist as a tatter
Of parchment, otherwise it might not catch your eye
But nevertheless, should you see it, give its content a try.
Now, I assume you wish to leap to the story I wish to tell
Else I imagine I would be swept into Hell
On grounds of my Sloth, so no longer will I procrastinate.
The topic at hand is Johannes, and I will elaborate.
If you have heard of the Johannes I name, you know
He would be one to pull a fair woman to and fro.
This Johannes was a German, mind you
And fought in the East, and Africa, too.
I neglect to describe his younger brothers beforehand.
I do not wish to upset Time, by the Land!
Johannes was born to Sir Wa
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Yet too often I doubt my manliness.
I scarcely walk beneath the gay banners
Like greater men; I practice poor manners.
As such, women are often beyond my
Grasp; it does not matter how hard I try
To win them with honest, chivalrous words.
I might as well throw dice with careless birds!
Yet still, I put strain and too much effort
Into love, not realizing who I hurt.
Now it seems as though I am lacking, too,
In even the proper allegiances; you
Rigidly decline speaking back to me.
Did I err somewhere, but somehow not see?
Many times is there no allegation
And I am stricken, to my frustration.
I now ask of you some explanation
As begging fails in manifestation
Of my crudely composed, weak bantering.
What misery have I now come to bring?
Between us lies an extensive ocean,
And thus it is hard to make some motion
To securely remedy this situation.
I am a fellow of humble station.
If I could traverse such great distances
I could better cope with these in
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'Twas ruled that they were brothers by rights
For to one man they all were born
But each to a different woman, forlorn.
The first was a highly honored man
He had fought in the East, his skin was tan.
His name was Johannes, and as his arms
Was the image of a woman of heavenly charms.
Her locks were gold, more so than a king's treasure
And with such a woman, he sought great pleasure.
Second, there was mighty, handsome Willehalm
Who could recite many fights but never a psalm.
He took no interest in God, but in glory,
And he read so long as blood constituted the story.
Of death, he stoutly denied whatever fear
And of these denials, anybody could hear.
I cannot rightly deny he was worthy of swords
Regarding this, I will utter no doubtful words,
But if he had only submitted to God
Upon him, Death may never have trod.
Lastly, there was Hartmann, a devout, young soul
Who had mortal flaws but was good on the whole.
On his surcoat, he wore the German Order's