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ARMSTRONG AND MUSGKAVE. 243
ARMSTRONG AND MUSGRAVE.
From A Collection of Old Ballads, i. 175.
The story of this ballad seems to be the same as that of Lord Livingston, in the third volume of this collection (p. 343). The whole title is as follows:
A pleasant ballad shewing how two valiant knights, Sir John Armstrong and Sir Michael Musgrave, fell in love with the beautiful daughter of the Lady Dacres in the North; and of the great strife that happen'd between them for her, and how they wrought the death of one hundred men.
As it fell out one Whitsunday,
The blith time of the year, When every tree was clad with green,
And pretty birds sing clear, The Lady Dacres took her way s
Unto the church that pleasant day, With her fair daughter fresh and gay,
A bright and bonny lass.
Sir Michael Musgrave, in like sort,
To church repaired then, 10
And so did Sir John Armstrong too,
With all his merry men. Two greater friends there could not be, Nor braver knights for chivalry,