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Many years back when these old oaks were young
Not long after the Northmen had come
A low and evil deed was done
In the dark of the New Forest
In the dark of the New Forest

From the shores of Normandy King William came
To Albion fair, King Harold to slay
With greed in his heart and his scurrilous claim
He took the land for his own
He took the land for his own

Now John was a blacksmith, an honest old man
He raised up his children and he worked with his hands
At his family's forge in the patch of land
In the dark of the New Forest
In the dark of the New Forest

King William rode out after his victory
To ravage the land in his hunger to thieve
For hunting grounds in the Wessex trees
He took the land for his own
He took the land for his own

But if you steal the land of an Englishman
Then you shall know this curse
Your first born son's warm blood will run
Upon the English earth

Now King William's son was called Rufus the Red
He took up the crown when his father was dead
And he rode the hunting grounds in his stead
In the dark of the New Forest
In the dark of the New Forest

But John's curse it called out and Walt Tyrrell fired low
His arrow struck Ruffus with a sickening blow
And he fell from his horse to the ground below
And the land took him for it's own
And the land took him for it's own

So if you steal the land of an Englishman
Then you shall know this curse
Your first born son's warm blood will run
Upon the English earth

Many years back when the old oaks were young
Not long after the Northmen had come
A low and evil deed was done
In the dark of the New Forest
In the dark of the New Forest



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    UnregisteredJul 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm
    There you can find out more about the history of the New Forest as well as other leading to information about the Battle of Hastings, King William, and King Harold.

    There is much debate about the death of King Harold, but what follows are two popular beliefs:

    1. He was killed by King William and 3 other Knights during the Battle of Hastings and then his body was mutilated and dismembered to the point that only those familiar with scars or other features on his body could identify him.

    2. He took an arrow to the eye and died, though there is some speculation based upon writings and the Bayeux tapestry they it may have been a spear. Some disagree as to weather he was mutilated and dismembered. Who can say... That was nearly a thousand years ago.
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    UnregisteredApr 23, 2014 at 2:15 pm
    The first "low and evil deed" to be done was the murder of King Harold. The second on is the accidental murder of King William the II. King William had a dream about the devil greeting him. This frightened him and he ordered all of his servants to not leave his side. One of them was Walt Tyrrell. He went out hunting. He was hunting a stag, he had injured it. Walt Tyrrell was going to finish it off, but it collapsed just as he let his arrow loose. I flew over the stag and instead buried it self in King William the II's chest.

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