Translation by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

King Stephen was a worthy peer
Language: English  after the English 
King Stephen [was]1 a worthy peer,
His breeches cost him but a crown;
He held them sixpence all too dear,
With that he called the tailor lown.
He was a wight of high renown.
And thou art but of low degree:
'Tis pride that pulls the country down;
Then take thine auld cloak about thee.

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This text was added to the website: 2007-08-17
Line count: 8
Word count: 55