Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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12
THE BOX AND THE MANTLE.
Shee threw downe the mantle,                ss
That bright was of blee ; And fast, with a redd rudd, To her chamber can shee flee.
Craddocke called forth his ladye, wo And bade her come in; Saith, " Winne this mantle, ladye, With a little dinne.
Winne this mantle, ladye,
And it shal be thine,
If thou never did amisse                            105
Since thou wast mine."
Forth came Craddockes ladye,
Shortlye and anon;
But boldlye to the mantle
Then is shee gone.                                     no
When she had tane the mantle,
And cast it her about,
Upp at her great toe
It began to crinkle and crowt:
Shee said, "Bowe downe, mantle, 115
And shame me not for nought.
Once I did amisse,
I tell you certainlye,
When I kist Craddockes mouth
Under a greene tree ;                                  120







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