When a knight won his spurs (Stowy)

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Hymn – When a knight won his spurs – Lyrics

When a knight won his spurs, in the stories of old,
He was gentle and brave, he was gallant and bold;
With a shield on his arm and a lance in his hand,
For God and for valour he rode through the land.

No charger have I, and no sword by my side,
Yet still to adventure and battle I ride,
Though back into storyland giants have fled,
And the knights are no more and the dragons are dead.

Let faith be my shield and let joy be my steed
‘gainst the dragons of anger, the ogres of greed;
And let me set free with the sword of my youth,
From the castle of darkness, the power of the truth

Lyrics Copyright Oxford University Press, All Rights Reserved

Recording

2012 performance

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2008 performance

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Details

  • Verses: 3
  • Tune: Stowy
  • Meter: 12 12 12 12
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Use: General
  • Composer: Unknown Traditional English fold melody originally harmonised by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958) this version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Jan Struther (1901 – 1953)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Oxford University Press
  • Performances Copyright © 2008 – 2012 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.
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