Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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288                         PAIR ROSAMOND.
At your returne from fight.                                  100
" So I your presence may enjoy,
No toyle I will refuse ; But wanting you, my life is death:
Which doth true love abuse."
" Content thy selfe, my dearest friend,                  105
Thy rest at home shall bee, In England's sweete and pleasant soyle;
For travaile fits not thee. " Faire ladyes brooke not bloody warres;
Sweete peace their pleasures breede,               no
The nourisher of hearts content,
Which fancie first doth feede.
" My Rose shall rest in Woodstocke bower,
With musickes sweete delight, While I among the pierceing pikes                       11s
Against my foes do fight. " My Rose in robes of pearl and gold,
With diamonds richly dight, Shall daunce the galliards of my love,
While I my foes do smite.                                    120
"And you, Sir Thomas, whom I trust
To be my loves defence, Be carefull of my gallant Rose
When I am parted hence." And therewithal! he fetcht a sigh,                          125
102. must refuse.
117. robes and pearls of gold.
122. beare.
107. England.

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