Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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46
CHEVY-CHACE.
"And now with me, my countrymen,
Your courage forth advance; For there was never champion yet
In Scotland or in France,                                 oo
" That ever did on horseback come,
But, if my hap it were, I durst encounter man for man,
With him to break a spear."
Earl Douglas on his milk-white steed,              w
Most like a baron bold, Rode foremost of the company,
Whose armour shone like gold.
" Show me," he said, " whose men you be, That hunt so boldly here,                                ro
That, without my consent, do chase And kill my fallow-deer."
The man that first did answer make
Was noble Piercy he ; Who said, " We list not to declare,                    n
Nor show whose men we be.
" Yet we will spend our dearest blood,
Thy chiefest hart to slay;" Then Douglas swore a solemn oath,
And thus in rage did say ;                              «
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