Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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226                    THE CHILD OP ELI/E.
" For, ah ! her gentle heart is broke,
And in grave soone must shee bee,                »
Sith her father hath chose her a new, new love, And forbidde her to think of thee.
" Her father hath brought her a carlish knight, Sir John of the north countrayc,
And within three dayes shee must him wedde, Or he vowes he will her slave."                        36
" Nowe hye thee backe, thou little foot-page,
And greet thy ladye from mee, And telle her that I, her owne true love,
Will dye, or sette her free.                                 «>
" Nowe hye thee backe, thou little foot-page,
And let thy fair ladye know, This night will I bee at her bowre-windowe,
Betide me weale or woe."
The boye he tripped, the boye he ranne, «
He neither stint ne stayd, Untill he came to fair Emmelines bowre,
Whan kneeling downe he sayd :
" 0 ladye, Ive been with thy own true love, And he greets thee well by mee ;                    w
This night will he bee at thy bowre-windowe, And dye or sette thee free."