Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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catskin's garland.                    179
Thou shalt be drest; if my parents come nigh, I'll tell them that for thee sick I do lie."
Having thus consulted, this couple parted.                 us
Next day this young 'squire took to his bed. When his dear parents this thing perceiv'd, For fear of his death they were heartily griev'd.
To tend him they sent for a nurse presently:              149
He said, " None but Catskin my nurse now shall be." His parents said, " No." He said, " But she shall, Or else I'll have none for to nurse me at all."
His parents both wondered to hear him say thus, That no one but Catskin must be his nurse ; So then his dear parents their son to content, us Up into the chamber poor Catskin they sent.
Sweet cordials and other rich things were prepaid, Which betwixt this young couple was equally shar'd; And when all alone, they in each other's arms Enjoy'd one another in love's pleasant charms. ieo
At length on a time poor Catskin, 'tis said, In her rich attire she then was arrayM; And when his mother the chamber drew near, Then much like a goddess did Catskin appear.
Which caus'd her to startle, and thus she did say; i«s " What young lady's this, son, tell me I pray ? "

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