Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Now word is gane through all the land, ws
Before a month was gane, That a foresters page, in gude grene-wood,
Had born a bonny son.
The marvel gaed to the kings court,
And to the king himsell;                               
" Now, by my fae," the king did say, " The like was never heard tell!"
Then out and spake him Bauld Arthur, And laugh'd right loud and hieó
" I trow some may has plaid the lown,             im
And fled her ain countrie."
" Bring me my steid," the King can say,
" My bow and arrows keen ; And I'll gae hunt in yonder wood,
And see what's to be seen,"                            160
" Gin it please your grace," quo' Bauld Arthur,
" My liege, I'll gang you wi', And see gin I can meet a bonny page,
That's stray'd awa frae me."
And they hae chased in gude green-wood, m
The buck but and the rae, Till they drew near Brown Robin's bour,
About the close o' day.