The Emperor Diocletian was a harsh and mean man.
He didn’t like Christians. Persecutions began.
George was a Christian, and a tribune (or colonel).
He complained to Diocletian at his actions infernal.
“How dare you!” said the Emperor, and locked him in jail,
But George was a proper Christian, his faith didn’t fail
They tortured him and beat him till he felt almost dead,
Then they dragged him to the town square and cut off his head.
Alexandria was impressed by George – and she was Diocletian’s wife!
She very soon became a Christian for the rest of her life
Which may have been a very long time, but the Emperor wasn’t chilled.
In fact he was really angry, so he had his wife killed.
It might seem a gory story but it’s true enough to make you faint
And that’s how George became a martyr and why we call him Saint
He’s the patron saint of Moscow too, and of Georgia and of Aragon,
And also of Catalonia where, of chivalry, he is the paragon.
We’ve heard how he killed a dragon and ended the town’s woes,
And when he did he saved a princess, and he gave her a rose.
So Englishmen, on St. George’s Day, give a rose, your love to tell,
And Englishwomen, give your beau a book to mark Will Shakespeare’s day as well.