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For to see this ball she ran away with speed, 85
And to see her dancing all wondered indeed.
The ball being ended, the 'squire said then,
" Pray where do you live ? " She answered again,
" Sir, because you ask me, account I will give;
At the sign of the Broken Skimmer I live." 100
Being dark, she left him, and home[ward] did hie, And in her eatskin robes she was drest presently, And into the kitchen among them she went, But where she had been they were all innocent.
[When] the 'squire came home and found Catskin there, ioa
He was in amaze, and began for to swear, " For two nights at the ball has been a lady, The sweetest of beauties that e'er I did see.
" She was the best dancer in all the whole place, And very much like our Catskin in the face; no
Had she not been drest in that costly degree, I would have sworn it was Catskin's body."
Next night he went to see this ball once more; Then she ask'd his mother to go as before; Who having a bason of water in hand, us
She threw it at Catskin, as I understand.
Shaking her wet ears, out of doors- she did run, And dressed herself when this thing she had done ;
98. answered him. VOL. VIII. 12