Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Of them all, great and small, he did protest, s The miller of Mansfields sport liked him best.
" And now, my lords," quoth the king, " I am de­termined Against St. Georges next sumptuous feast, That this old miller, our new confirm'd knight,
With his son Richard, shall here be my guest: For, in this merryment, 'tis my desire                   n
To talke with the jolly knight, and the young squire."
When as the noble lords saw the kinges pleas­antness, They were right joyfull and glad in their hearts : A pursuivant there was sent straighte on the business,                                                       
The which had often-times been in those parts. When he came to the place where they did dwell, His message orderlye then 'gan he tell.
" God save your worshippe," then said the mes­senger, " And grant your ladye her own hearts desire ; And to your sonne Richard good fortune and hap­piness,                                                            21 That, sweet, gentle, and gallant young squire. Our king greets you well, and thus he doth say, You must come to the court on St. George's day.

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