Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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366               THE CHILD'S LAST WILL.
HI. THE CHILD'S LAST WILL.
Den lillas Testamente: Svenska Folk-Visor, iii. 18. Translated in Literature and Romance of Northern Europe,i.265. Seealso Arwidsson's Fornsanger,i\.9Q.
" So long where hast thou tarried,
Little daughter dear ? " " I have tarried with my old nurse,
Sweet step-mother mine." For ah, ah !I am so illah !
" What gave she thee for dinner,
Little daughter dear ? " " A few small speckled fishes,
Sweet step-mother mine." For ah, ah !I am so illah 1
" What didst thou do with the fish-bones,
Little daughter dear ? " " Gave them to the beagle,
Sweet step-mother mine." For ah, ah I1 am so illah !
" What wish leav'st thou thy father,
Little daughter dear ? " " The blessedness of heaven,
Sweet step-mother mine." For ah, ah !I am so illah !







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