Life Poems - Poems For Life - An Adventure In The Life Of King James V Of Scotland

Poems about life. You can read the best life poems. Browse through all life poems.


An Adventure In The Life Of King James V Of Scotland - Poem by William Topaz McGonagall

On one occasion King James the Fifth of Scotland, when alone, in disguise,
Near by the Bridge of Cramond met with rather a disagreeable surprise.
He was attacked by five gipsy men without uttering a word,
But he manfully defended himself with his sword.

There chanced to be a poor man threshing corn in a barn near by,
Who came out on hearing the noise so high;
And seeing one man defending himself so gallantly,
That he attacked the gipsies with his flail, and made them flee.

Then he took the King into the barn,
Saying, "I hope, sir, you've met with no great harm;
And for five men to attack you, it's a disgrace;
But stay, I'll fetch a towel and water to wash your face."

And when the King washed the blood off his face and hands,
"Now, sir, I wish to know who you are," the King demands.
"My name, sir, is John Howieson, a bondsman on the farm of Braehead."
"Oh, well," replied the King, "your company I need not dread."

"And perhaps you'll accompany me a little way towards Edinburgh,
Because at present I'm not free from sorrow.
And if you have any particular wish to have gratified,
Let me know it, and it shall not be denied."

Then honest John said, thinking it no harm,
"Sir, I would like to be the owner of Braehead farm;
But by letting me know who you are it would give my mind relief."
Then King James he answered that he was the Gudeman of Ballingeich.

"And if you'll meet me at the palace on next Sunday,
Believe me, for your manful assistance, I'll you repay.
Nay, honest John, don't think of you I'm making sport,
I pledge my word at least you shall see the royal court."

So on the next Sunday John put on his best clothes,
And appeared at the palace gate as~you may suppose.
And he inquired for the Gudeman of Ballingeich;
And when he gained admittance his heart was freed from grief.

For John soon found his friend the Gudeman,
And the King took John by the han',
Then conducted John from one apartment to another,
Just as kindly as if he'd been his own brother.

Then the King asked John if he'd like to see His Majesty.
"Oh, yes," replied John, "His Majesty I would really like to see."
And John looked earnestly into the King's face,
And said, "How am I to know His Grace?"

"Oh, John, you needn't be the least annoyed about that,
For all heads will be uncovered: the King will wear his hat."
Then he conducted John into a large hall,
Which was filled by the nobility, crown officers, and all.

Then said John to the King, when he looked round the room,
"Sir, I hope I will see the King very soon."
Because to see the King, John rather dreaded,
At last he said to the King, "'Tis you! the rest are bare-headed."

Then the King said, "John, I give you Braehead farm as it stands,
On condition you provide a towel and basin of water to wash my hands,
If ever I chance to come your way.
Then John said, "Thanks to your Majesty, I'll willingly obey."


Comments about An Adventure In The Life Of King James V Of Scotland by William Topaz McGonagall

There is no comment submitted by members..

Poems About Life

  1. 1. A Psalm Of Life , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. 2. Life , Charlotte Brontë
  3. 3. The Life That I Have , Leo Marks
  4. 4. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
  5. 5. Life In A Love , Robert Browning
  6. 6. What Is Life? , John Clare
  7. 7. A Life-Lesson , James Whitcomb Riley
  8. 8. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  9. 9. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  10. 10. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  11. 11. An Old Life , Donald Hall
  12. 12. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  13. 13. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  14. 14. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  15. 15. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  16. 16. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  17. 17. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  18. 18. The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life , Judith Viorst
  19. 19. A Life , Howard Nemerov
  20. 20. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  21. 21. Tie The Strings To My Life, My Lord, , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. Later Life , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  23. 23. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  24. 24. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life) , C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
  25. 25. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  26. 26. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  27. 27. My Life Had Stood , Emily Dickinson
  28. 28. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  29. 29. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  30. 30. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  31. 31. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  32. 32. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  33. 33. The Life Beyond , Rupert Brooke
  34. 34. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  35. 35. Music Is Breath Of Life For Life Artists , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  36. 36. Shopping For Yourself (Life Life Life .. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  37. 37. Life Is What Life , gajanan mishra
  38. 38. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  39. 39. Weave In, Weave In, My Hardy Life , Walt Whitman
  40. 40. Life Beyond, The , Rupert Brooke
  41. 41. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  42. 42. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  43. 43. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life , saadat tahir
  44. 44. The House Of The Life: The Kiss , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  45. 45. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  46. 46. Life Is The Body's Light , Robert Herrick
  47. 47. 5 Gems For Your Life- A Poetics Of Life .. , Nyein Way
  48. 48. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  49. 49. They May Rail At This Life , Thomas Moore
  50. 50. The Treasure Of Life , Olive Walters
[Report Error]