Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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MART AMBHEE.
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" Ye captaines couragious, of valour so bold, « "Whom thinke you before you now you doe
behold?" "A knight, sir, of England, and captaine soe
free, Who shortleye with us a prisoner must bee."
" No captaine of England; behold in your sight Two brests in my bosome, and therfore no
knight:                                                                 70
Noe knight, sirs, of England, nor captaine you
see, But a poor simple mayden called Mary Ambree."
" But art thou a woman, as thou dost declare, "Whose valor hath proved so undaunted in warre ? If England doth yield such brave mayden as thee,r« Full well may they conquer, faire Mary Ambree."
The prince of Great Parma heard of her renowne Who long had advanced for Englands faire
crowne; Hee wooed her and sued her his mistress to
bee, And- offerd rich presents to Mary Ambree. so
But this virtuous mayden despised them all: " He nere sell my honour for purple nor pall; A mayden of England, sir, never will bee The whore of a monarcke," quoth Mary Ambree
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