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YOUNG BEICHAN AND SUSIE PYE, 5
She's gi'en him to eat the good spice-cake, She's gi'en him to drink the blood-red wine;
She's bidden him sometimes think on her, * That sae kindly freed him out of pine.
She's broken a ring from her finger, And to Beichan half of it gave she :
" Keep it, to mind you of that love «
The lady bore that set you free.
"And set your foot on good ship-hoard, And haste ye back to your own countrie ;
And before that seven years have an end, Come back again, love, and marry me." *>
But long ere seven years had an end, She long'd full sore her love to see ;
For ever a voice within her breast
Said, " Beichan has broke his vow to thee."
So she's set her foot on good ship-board, n And turn'd her back on her own countrie.
She sailed east, she sailed west, Till to fair England's shore she came;
Where a bonny shepherd she espied, Feeding his sheep upon the plain. to
" What news, what news, thou bonny shepherd ?
What news hast thou to tell to me ? " ' Such news I hear, ladie," he says,
" The like was never in this countrie.