Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE SNAKE-COOK.
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" She cooked me a speckled fish, Lady mother, ah me !" &c.                          *>
" And how many pieces cut she thee,
Henry my dearest son ? " " She cut three little pieces from it,
Lady mother, ah me!" &c.
" Where left she then the third piece,            u
Henry, my dearest son ? " " She gave it to her dark-brown dog,
Lady mother, ah me 1" &c.
" And what befell the dark-brown dog,
Henry, my dearest son ? "                             20
" His belly burst in the midst in two, Lady mother, ah me!" &c.
" What wishest thou for thy father,
Henry, my dearest son ? " " I wish him a thousandfold boon and blessing,
Lady mother, ah me 1" &c.                         26
" What wishest thou for thy mother,
Henry, my dearest son ? " " I wish for her eternal bliss,
Lady mother, ah me 1" &c.
" What wishest thou for thy true-love,             so
Henry, my dearest son ? " " I wish her eternal hell and torment,
Lady mother, ah me I" &c.







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