Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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catskin's garland.                 175*
And seeing this creature in such sort of dress, « The lady unto her these words did express, " From whence came you, or what will you have ? " She said, " A night's rest in your stable I crave."
The lady said to her, " I grant thy desire, Come into the kitchen, and stand by the fire;" so Then she thank'd the lady, and went in with haste, Where she was gaz'd on from biggest to the least.
And, being warm'd, her hunger was great, They gave her a plate of good food for to eat; And then to an outhouse this damsel was led,             55
Where with fresh straw she soon made her a bed.
And when in the morning the day-light she saw, Her rich robes and jewels she hid in the straw; And being very cold, she then did retire, And went into the kitchen, and stood by the fire. 60
The cook said, " My lady promis'd that thou Shouldest be a scullion to wait on me now: What say'st thou, girl, art thou willing to bide ? " " With all my heart," then she to her reply'd.
To work at her needle she could very well,                60
And [for] raising of paste few could her excel; She being so handy, the cook's heart did win, And then she was call'd by the name of Catskin.
61. thee.
62. upon me.







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