Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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catskin's garland.
To see this ball acted she then run her ways,
To see her fine dancing all gave her the praise. ia>
And having concluded, the young squire he
Said, " From whence do you come, pray now tell
me?" Her answer was, " Sir, you shall know the same, From the sign of the Bason of Water I came."
Then homeward she hurried, as fast as might be. 125 This young 'squire then was resolved to see Whereto she belong'd, then follow'd Catskin: Into an old straw-house he saw her creep in.
He said, " O brave Catskin, I find it is thee, Who these three nights together has so charmed me; Thou'rt the sweetest creature my eyes e'er beheld; wi With joy and comfort my heart it is fill'd.
" Thou art the cook's scullion, but as I have life, Grant me [but] thy love, and I'll make thee my wife, And yon shall have maids to wait at your call." iss " Sir, that cannot be_; I've no portion at all."
" Thy beauty is portion, my joy and my dear ; I prize it far better than thousands a year; And to gain my friends' consent, I've got a trick; I'll go to my bed and feign myself sick.                    wo
" There's none shall attend me but thee, I profess, And some day or other in thy richest dress
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