|(1)||From the sea I came to the land
From the land I went to the sea
Vikings follow my road
No one is greater than me
|(2)||We are the three in one
Legend and fancy they call us
But when we burn and stab and tear
Then they will believe us
|(3)||At noon I put on my green dress, and rise to greet the sun
In the afternoon my yellow dress, and my work is almost done
At eventide men take my heart, and cast my dress aside,
But at dawn they foresake my charms, and in my cold bed I hide.
|(4)||I am twisted
I am beaten
I am drowned
Yet the more they torture me
The more men value me
|(5)||I hide in caverns deep
But also under your bed
At birth I bid you farewell
But await you in your grave
|(6)||I'm a strange creature, for I satisfy women,
a service to the neighbours! No one suffers
at my hands except for my slayer.
I grow very tall, erect in a bed,
I'm hairy underneath. From time to time
a beautiful girl, the brave daughter
of some churl dares to hold me,
grips my russet skin, robs me of my head
and puts me in the pantry. At once that girl
with plaited hair who has confined me
remembers our meeting. Her eye moistens.
Mr Smiley knows the answers!