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Her father left her alone to go and serve the King Revolt had sprung up as it did so often in the

spring He left her with good men, her ladies, safe behind strong locks And gave her a first grown up gift from her mothers jewelry box And the pearls gleamed round her neck And the pearls gleamed round her neck One night some King's men came and asked her for respite Graciously she saw them served and retired for the night She heard the bolt slide home against the revelry in the hall A flash a knife, a snap of string, her back pressed to the wall And the pearls scattered on the floor And the pearls scattered on the floor On the day her father died he boldly told his lies and returned to her triumphantly to take her as his wife And in her shame silently she bore him two bright girls She gave them love and joy and they gave her back her life And the pearls sat hidden in a cup And the pearls sat hidden in a cup She humbly went before the King when he died in disgrace and poured the pearls into his hands as she told him of her shame Fate decreed I wasn't meant for roses and for pearls I beg of you, Your Majesty, don't make me wed again And her tears fell upon the floor And her tears fell upon the floor If you see her standing in the shadows all alone Dont give to her your pity for shes stronger than you know Rather say a prayer Fate treats kindly girls alone while their fathers quickly come back home And the pearls never scatter on the floor And the pearls never scatter on the floor