Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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282                   THE LAIDLET WORM
She has knotted the keys upon a string,
And -with her she has them ta'en, She has cast them o'er her left shoulder,
And to the gate she is gane.
She tripped out, she tripped in,
She tript into the yard;                                      10
But it was more for the king's sake,
Than for the queen's regard.
It fell out on a day, the king
Brought the queen with him home ;
And all the lords in our country                            m
To welcome them did come.
" O welcome father!" the lady cries,
" Unto your halls and bowers; And so are you, my step-mother,
For all that's here is yours."                               a)
A lord said, wondering while she spake,
" This princess of the North Surpasses all of female kind
In beauty, and in worth."
The envious queen replied, " At least,                 25
You might have excepted me ; In a few hours, I will her bring
Down to a low degree.
" I will her liken to a laidley worm,
That warps about the stone,                                      so
v. 21-28. Compare Toung Waters, (iii. 90,) v. 21-28, and Tmng Beichan and Susie Pye, (iv. f,) v. 113-124.







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