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Thread #94336   Message #3517832
Posted By: GUEST,Tony
21-May-13 - 11:13 PM
Thread Name: Common poems set to music
Subject: RE: Common poems set to music
Lorraine Lorraine Lorèe written 1874 by Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)
Written while in Colorado, during a speaking tour of the U.S. He got sick during that tour and never recovered. This was his last poem. It was apparently very popular for a very long time. In the 1975 documentary film "Grey Gardens" Edith Bouvier Beale (1896–1977, Jacqueline Kennedy's aunt) recites it from memory.

"Are you ready for your steeple-chase, Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorèe?
You're booked to ride your capping race today at Coulterlee.
You're booked to ride Vindictive, for all the world to see,
To keep him straight, and keep him first, and win the run for me."

She clasped her new-born baby, poor Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorèe.
"I cannot ride Vindictive, as any man might see,
And I will not ride Vindictive, with this baby on my knee;
He's killed a boy, he's killed a man, and why must he kill me?"

"Unless you ride Vindictive, Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorèe,
Unless you ride Vindictive today at Coulterlee,
And land him safe across the brook, and win the run for me,
It's you may keep your baby, for you'll get no keep from me."

"That husbands could be cruel," said Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorèe,
"That husbands could be cruel, I have known for seasons three;
But oh! to ride Vindictive while a baby cries for me,
And be killed across a fence at last for all the world to see!"

She mastered young Vindictive – Oh! the gallant lass was she,
And kept him straight and won the race as near as near could be;
But he killed her at the brook against a pollard willow tree;
Oh! he killed her at the brook, the brute, for all the world to see;

And no one but the baby cried for poor Lorraine, Lorèe.