Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Which pierc'd so deep the dead mans brest, That it did run with blood.                                     iw
The second brother then must shoot,
Who straight did take his aime, And with his arrow made a wound,
That blood came from the same. The third likewise must try his skill                        16s
The matter to decide; Whose shaft did make a wound most deep
Into the dead man's side.
Unto the fourth and youngest, then,
A bow and shaft were brought;                            170
Who said, " D'ee thinke that ere my heart
Could harbour such a thought, To shoot at my dear father's heart,
Although that he be dead, For all the kingdomes in the world                          175
That farre and wide are spread ? "
And turning of him round about,
The teares ran downe amaine: He flung his bow upon the ground,
And broke his shaft in twaine.                              iso
The judges seeing his remorse,
They then concluded all He was the right, the other three
They were unnaturall.
And so he straight possest the lands,                      is»
Being made the heire of all,

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