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This virgin sacrificed was,
For to fulfill all promises. eo
As some say, for aye The virgins there, three times a year, Like sorrow fulfill For the daughter of Jeph[th]a still, still, still.
SAMSON. Evans'6 Old Ballads, i. 283, from a black-letter copy.
When Samson was a tall young man, His power and strength increased then, And in the host and tribe of Dan
The Lord did bless him still. It chanced so upon a day, s
As he was walking on his way, He saw a maiden fresh and gay
With whom he fell so sore in love,
That he his fancy could not move; w
His parents therefore he did prove,
And craved their good wills: " I have found out a wife," quoth he; " I pray ye, father, give her me; Though she a stranger's daughter be, is
I pass not."
Then did bespeak his parents dear, " Have we not many maidens here,