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264 THE KNIGHT, AND SHEPHERD'S DAUGHTEE.
" Tis not the gold that shall mee tempt," These words then answered shee, in
► " But your own bodye I must have, The king hath granted mee."
" "Would I had drunke the water cleare,
When I did drinke the wine, Rather than any shepherds brat re
Shold bee a ladye of mine !
" Would I had drank the puddle foule,
When I did drink the ale, Rather than ever a shepherds brat
Shold tell me such a tale ! " so
" A shepherds brat even as I was,
You mote have let mee bee; I never had come to the kings faire courte,
To crave any love of thee."
He sett her on a milk-white steede, es
And himself upon a graye ; He hung a bugle about his necke,
And soe they rode awaye.
But when they came unto the place,
Where marriage-rites were done, so
She proved herself a dukes daughter, And he but a squires sonne.