In his defense, he had no choice

He could not fall asleep

His mistress, the Queen, had charged

Him to watch without relief

He kept his eyes on the heifer, a beast

His Queen had cause to doubt

Not one, not two, but all one hundred

Fatigue and sleep knew him not

The King sent his messenger to lull him to slumber

So he could steal back his prize

But the guard watched so fervently and so diligently

Alas, it led to his early demise

The Queen, not one to trust her husband

Came to his side as soon as she heard

As a reward for his services, the guard’s eyes were placed

On the tail of the Queen’s sacred bird