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
To She Whom I Have UpsetI am hardly well-learned in courtlinessTo She Whom I Have Upset3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
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