Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THOMAS OF EKSSELDOUNE.               107
" Do busk the, Thomas,—the busk agayne, Ffor thu may here no lengare be; Hye the faste, with myghte and mayne; I sail the brynge till Eldone tree."
Thomas sayde than with heuy chere;              w>
" Lufly lady, nowe late me bee; Ffor certis, lady, I hafe bene here Uoghte bot the space of dayes three.
" Ffor sothe, Thomas, als I the telle, Thou hase bene here thre yere and more; ao Bot langere here thu may noghte dwelle; The skylle I sail the telle wherefore.
" To morne, of helle the foulle fende Amange this folke will feche his fee; And thu arte mekill man and hende,               m
I trowe full wele he wolde chese the.
" Ffor all the gold that euer may bee, Ffro hethyn unto the worldis ende, Thbu bese neuer betrayede for mee ; Therefore with me I rede thou wende." 230
Scho broghte hym agayne to Eldone tree,' Vndir nethe that grenewode spraye; In Huntlee bannkes es mery to bee, Whare fowles synges bothe nyght and daye. 211, buse agayne.







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