Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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EARL IUCHAKD.
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" I wish I had drank the well-water,
Whan first I drank the beer; That ever a shepherd's dochter
Shou'd hae been my only dear!"
" Ye'll turn about, Earl Richard,                       iss
And mak some mair o' me: An ye mak me lady o' ae puir plow,
I can mak you laird o' three."
" If ye be the Earl o' Stockford's dochter, As I've some thouchts ye be,                            170
Aft hae I waited at your father's yett, But your face I ne'er could see."
Whan they cam to her father's yett,
She tirled on the pin ; And an auld belly-blind man was sittin' there,
As they were entering in :                           175
" The meetest marriage," the belly-blind did cry,
" Atween the ane and the ither; Atween the Earl o' Stockford's ae dochter,
And the Queen o' England's brither." lao
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