Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Upon a time sore sicke she fell,
Tea to the very death, And her physician told her plaine
She must resigne her breath. Divines did likewise visit her,                             «
And holy counsell gave, And bade her call upon the Lord,
That he her soule might save.
Amongst the rest, she did desire
They would her husband bring;                     »
" I have a secret to reveale,"
She said, " my heart doth sting." Then he came posting presently
Unto her where she lay, And weeping then he did desire,                         as
What she to him would say.
She did intreat that all might voyd
The roome, and he would stay; " Your pardon, husband, I beseech,"
Unto him she did say:                                                 a>
" For I have wrong'd your marriage-bed,
And plaid the wanton wife ; To you the truth I will reveale,
Ere I depart this life.
" Foure hopefull sonnes you think you have; 6s
To me it best is knowne, And three of them are none of yours;
Of foure but one's your owne, And by your selfe on me begot,
Which hath a wanton beene ;                          n

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