Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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Sweet William, with a smiling face, Said to the king, " If t please your grace To show such favour unto me,                           «
Your chamberlain I fain would be."
The king then did the nobles call,
To ask the counsel of them all;
Who gave consent Sweet William he
The king's own chamberlain should be.            go
Now mark what strange thing came to pass: As the king one day a hunting was, With all his lords and noble train, Sweet William did at home remain.
Sweet William had no company .then               65
With him at home, but an old man ; ' And when he saw the house was clear, He took a lute which he had there:
Upon the lute Sweet William play'd,
And to the same he sung and said,                      ?o
With a sweet and noble voice,
Which made the old man to rejoice:
" My father was as brave a lord As ever Europe did afford, My mother was a lady bright,                           is
My husband was a valiant knight : VOL. IT.                          12

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