Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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198           JEPHTHAH, JUDGE OF ISKAEL.
I for my part do forsake it,
And he that will fetch it, let him take it."
When all this was done, to the ale-house he went, And by and by his two pence he spent; For he was so hot with tugging with the dragon, m That nothing would quench him but a whole flaggon.
Now God preserve our King and Queen,
And eke in London may be seen
As many knights, and as many more,
And all so good as Sir Eglamore.                               «
JEPHTHAH, JUDGE OF ISRAEL.
We have thought it necessary to include in this collection one or two specimens of ballads founded on stories in the Jewish Scriptures. Besides those here selected, it may be well to refer to the following: The Constancy of Susanna, (cited in Twelfth Night,) Evans, i. 11; Daoidand Bathsheba, id. p. 291; Tobias, Old Ballads, ii. 158; Holofernes, The Garland of Goodwill, p. 85, and Old Ballads, ii. 166.
Every one will remember that the ballad of Jeph-thah is quoted in Hamlet (Act H. sc. 2). Percy pub­lished an imperfect copy of this piece, written down from the recollection of a lady (Reliques, i. 193). The following is from a black-letter copy reprinted in Evans, i. 7, which was entitled "Jepha, Judge of Israel."







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