Sara Teasdale

(August 8, 1884 – January 29, 1933 / Missouri / United States)

A Ballad Of The Two Knights - Poem by Sara Teasdale

Two knights rode forth at early dawn
A-seeking maids to wed,
Said one, "My lady must be fair,
With gold hair on her head."

Then spake the other knight-at-arms:
"I care not for her face,
But she I love must be a dove
For purity and grace."

And each knight blew upon his horn
And went his separate way,
And each knight found a lady-love
Before the fall of day.

But she was brown who should have had
The shining yellow hair --
I ween the knights forgot their words
Or else they ceased to care.

For he who wanted purity
Brought home a wanton wild,
And when each saw the other knight
I ween that each knight smiled.


Comments about A Ballad Of The Two Knights by Sara Teasdale

  • (5/17/2018 3:19:00 AM)


    HI I A JEFF IM 21 YESRS OLD I LIKE DEEZ NUTZ AND TURTLES (Report) Reply

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  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (6/6/2009 5:48:00 AM)


    each one should smile without knowing the faults of each oehter.... good one n deserved well....10 (Report) Reply

  • (3/31/2007 9:58:00 AM)


    I love reading historical novels during those periods of knights and castles and kings. I enjoyed your rendition of a scene from those times. Ben (Report) Reply

  • (8/9/2005 12:32:00 PM)


    Better the lady you're with than the one you imagine. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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