Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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TOM LINN.
When she began to pull the flowers;
She pull'd both red and green ; Then by did come, and by did go,                      is
Said, " Fair maid, let abene !
" 0 why pluck you the flowers, lady,
Or why climb you the tree ? Or why come ye to Chaster's wood,
Without the leave of me ? "                              20
"01 will pull the flowers," she said,
" Or I will break the tree; For Chaster's wood it is my own,
I'll ask no leave at thee."
He took her by the milk-white hand,                25
And by the grass-green sleeve; And laid her down upon the flowers,
At her he ask'd no leave.
The lady blush'd and sourly frown'd, And she did think great shame;                      30
Says, " If you are a gentleman, You will tell me your name."
" First they call me Jack," he said,
" And then they call'd me John; But since I liv'd in the Fairy court,                   35
Tomlinn has always been my name.
" So do not pluck that flower, lady,
That has these pimples gray; They would destroy the bonny babe
That we've gotten in our play."                     40







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