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THE BAILIFFS DAUGHTER OF ISLINGTON.
From Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, ill. 177. Another copy is in Ritson's Ancient Songs, ii. 134.
" From an ancient black-letter copy in the Pepys collection, with some improvements communicated by a lady as she had heard the same recited in her youth. The full title is, True love requited: Or, the Bailiff's daughter of Islington."—Percy.
Theke was a youthe, and a well-beloved youthe,
And he was a squires son: He loved the bayliffes daughter deare,
That lived in Islington.
Yet she was coye, and would not believe s
That he did love her soe, Noe nor at any time would she
Any countenance to him showe.
But when his friendes did understand
His fond and foolish minde, 10
They sent him up to faire London, An apprentice for to binde.