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The Lady Called "White Hands"

"That good love with which I loved you
         Belle Isoud, has cost me lands,—
Cost me lands and lost me castles,
And the love of your sweet namesake
         Of the Lady called 'White Hands.'

"Lands and loves have I forsaken,
         All for love of her that stands
Now a traitress in her beauty,—
Bell Isoud, that made me a traitor
         To the Lady called 'White Hands,'"

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What sorrow did Sir Tristan make,—
         He mourned for love, not loss of lands,—
He mourned for sake of Belle Isoud;
But who shall sorrow for the sake
         Of the Lady called "White Hands"?