Why do you order me?

 Why do you order me, little lover-lad,  
 Why do you command me little dear,  
 That I sing a sweet song,  
 When I am far away in exile  
 In the middle of the sea ?  
 And why do you bid me to sing ?  
 More likely, sad little one,  
 Should I weep, little boy,  
 And lament rather than sing  
 A song such as you demand,  
   Dear love.  
   O why do you bid me to sing ?


By the Christian monk, Gottschalk, written when he was in exile on an island . 
He is responding to a letter from a boy.