Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE BOY AND THE MANTLE.               13
When I kist Craddockes mouth Before he marryed mee."
When shee had her shreeven,
And her sines shee had tolde,
The mantle stoode about her                   125
Eight as shee wold,
Seemelye of coulour,
GUttering like gold:
Then every knight in Arthurs court
Did her behold.                                               im
Then spake dame Guenever To Arthur our king; " She hath tane yonder mantle Not with right, but with wronge.
See you not yonder woman,                       135
That maketh her self soe ' cleane' ? I have seene tane out of her bedd Of men fiveteene;
Priests, clarkes, and wedded men From her, bydeene:                                      no
Yett shee taketh the mantle, And maketh her self cleane."
MS. Ver. 134, wright. V. 136, oleare.

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