Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Both batchelors of high degree,                          &
Fit for a bonny lass.
They sat them down upon one seat,
Like loving brethren dear, With hearts and minds devoutly bent
God's service for to hear;                                 20
But rising from their prayers tho, Their eyes a ranging strait did go, Which wrought their utter overthrow,
All for one bonny lass.
Quoth Musgrave unto Armstrong then,              as
" Yon sits the sweetest dame, That ever for her fair beauty
Within this country came." " In sooth," quoth Armstrong presently, " Your judgment I must verify,                           30
There never came unto my eye
A braver bonny lass."
" I swear," said Musgrave, " by this sword,
Which did my knighthood win, To steal away so sweet a dame,                           35
Could be no ghostly sin." " That deed," quoth Armstrong, " would be ill, Except you had her right good will, That your desire she would fulfil,
And be thy bonny lass."                                  «
By this the service quite was done,
And home the people past; They wish'd a blister on his tongue
That made thereof such haste.

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