Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" But if the meaning you do miss,
And cannot shew me what it is,                          jo
Then shall you give to me i-wiss
So much as I have said." " Put forth the riddle then," quoth they, " And we will tell it by our day, Or we will lose, as thou dost say,                      as
The wager." .
" Then make," quoth he, " the total sum.
Out of the eater meat did come,
And from the strong did sweetness run ;
Declare it, if you can."                                    68
And when they heard the riddle told, Their hearts within them waxed cold, For none of them could then unfold
The meaning.
Then unto Samson's wife went they,                65
And threatened her, without delay, If she would not the thing bewray,
To burn her father's house. Then Samson's wife, with grief and woe, Desired him the same to shew, And when she knew, she straight did go, to To tell them.
Then were they all full glad of this;
To tell the thing they did not miss;
" What stronger beast than a lion is ?               n
What sweeter meat than honey ? " Then Samson answered them full round,