Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" And since I have thee found
As good as thy word to be, A homely supper, ere we part,
Thou shalt take here with me."
" O pardon me," quoth I,                                    e
" Fair mistress, I you pray; For why, out of my master's house
So long I dare not stay."
" Alas, good sir," she said,
" Are you so strictly ty'd,                                  70
You may not with your dearest friend
One hour or two abide ?
" Faith, then the case is hard;
If it be so," quoth she, " I would I were a prentice bound,                     75
To live along with thee.
" Therefore, my dearest George,
List well what I shall say, And do not blame a woman much,
Her fancy to bewray.                                       
" Let not affection's force
Be counted lewd desire; Nor think it not immodesty,
I should thy love require."
With that she turn'd aside,                                  w
And with a blushing red, A mournful motion she bewray'd
By hanging down her head.

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