Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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312                  THE HAWTHORN TREE.
prince's bride. A "Wendish ballad resembling the German is given by Haupt and Schmaler, and ballads akin to the Danish, are found in Slovensk and Lith­uanian (see Grundtvig).
It was a maide of my countre, As she came by a hathorne-tre, As full of flowers as might be seen, ' She' merveld to se the tree so grene.
At last she asked of this tre,                               s
" Howe came this freshness unto the, And every branche so faire and cleane r I mervaile that you growe so grene."
The tre ' made ' answere by and by :
" I have good causse to growe triumphantly; 10
The swetest dewe that ever be sene
Doth fall on me to kepe me grene."
" Yea," quoth the maid, " but where you growe, You stande at hande for every blowe ; Of every man for to be seen ;                            w
I mervaile that you growe so grene."
" Though many one take flowers from me, And manye a branche out of my tre, I have suche store they wyll not be sene, « For more and more my 'twegges' growe grene."
20. twedges.

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