The Ass In The Oak Tree

An historical fiction in which the future King Charles II is discovered in his oak tree and endeavours to but his freedom.

Send the hounds around the hills and make the people ring the bells
Search the houses and the fields reward the person first prepared to tell the tale
Where to seek and where to find the royal heir
Where to seek and where to find the Prince of Wales

Charles King of England ill fortune favoured thee
Who wore the crown and bore the sceptre undeservedly
Who left a son behind him who escaped across the sea
To return and raise the Scots against the parliamentaries

Lured south by guile and strategy with Worcester standing by
Outmatched and outmanoeuvred the prince was forced to fly
With many a mile to travel over many a mile to fly
Through many a hostile dawn concealed from many a watchful eye

With Matty Col and Tabitha I tracked the villain down
That all in a hollow oak tree in a forest glade was found
While his faithful old retainer stripped the branches all around
And searched for grubs and beetles in the leaf mould on the ground

I advanced into the clearing I addressed the royal tree
I deplore the use of force I said to intemperate degrees
But there's a cell in Worcester castle measures seven foot by three
My orders are to place you there and throw away the key

To Matty Col and Tabitha I said now we'll have some fun
And we beat and bit and kicked him 'til his royal senses spun
And his trousers stuffed with nettles 'til his royal jelly stung
His face was caked and bleeding and his clothes in tatters hung

As he wept and begged for mercy sore amazed was I to see
The son of a king knelt grovelling before the likes of me
He offered his servant's sexual favours money his ransom for to pay
If we'd betray the axe of parliament and send him on his way

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