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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS 29
I thought to be the bride myself And thou shouldst be the groom."
"Come riddle my riddle, dear mother," she said,
"Come riddle it all in one, Whether I shall go to Lord Thomas' wedding,
Or shall I stay at home?"
" 0 to Lord Thomas' wedding don't go, To Lord Thomas' wedding don't go;
As many as are your friends, dear daughter, There's more will be your foes."
"To Lord Thomas' wedding I'll go," she said, "To Lord Thomas' wedding I'll go,
If it costs my heart's blood, body and all, To Lord Thomas' wedding I'll go."
Fair Ellen she dressed in scarlet red,
Her merry maids all were seen, And as she rode along the street
They took her to be a queen.
She rode till she came to Lord Thomas' gate,
She knocked loud at the ring. And who was there but Lord Thomas himself
To let fair Ellen in.
He took her by her lily-white hand, He led her through the hall;