Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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And aye their swordes soe sore can byte,
Through helpe of gramarye, That soone they have slayne the kempery men,
Or forst them forth to flee.                                 me
Kyng Estmere tooke that fayre ladye,
And marryed her to his wiffe, And brought her home to merrye England,
With her to leade his life.                                   2so
v. 187. Then they pulled out a ryng of gold, Layd itt on the porters arme.
The rings so often used in ballads to conciliate the porter would seem to be not personal ornaments, but coins. For an account of Ring Money, see the paper of Sir William Betham, in the seventeenth volume of the Transactions of the Hoyal Irish Academy.

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