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THE WESTERN KNIGHT
4   Oh, had I one though nere so poore,
I would her not reiect: I haue enough, and aske no more, so she will me affect.
5   With that his man he then did call
that nere vnto him staid, To whom he soone vnfolded all, and vnto him he said,
6   Come saddle me my milke white Steed,
that I may a wooing ride, To get some bonny Lasse with speed, whom I may make my Bride.
7   On horsebacke mounted this gallant young Knight,
and to try his fate he went, To seeke some Damsell faire and bright, that might his mind content.
8   And as he through Bristoll Towne did ride,
in a fine window of Glasse, A gallant Creature he espide, in the Casement where she was.
9   His heart then taught his tongue to speake
as soone as he her saw, He vnto her his mind did breake, compel'd by Cupids Law.
io Faire Maid, quoth he, long may you Hue, and your body Christ saue and see, Fiue hundred Crownes I will you giue, to set your loue on me.
11 Though I am faire, qd. she, in some sort, yet am I tender of age, And want the courtesie of the Court, to be a yong Knights Page.
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