Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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The love-sick knights should be set                      io«
Within one hall so wide, Each of them in a gallant sort
Even at a several tide; And 'twixt them both for certainty Fair Isabel should placed be,                                 no
Of them to take her choice full free,
Most like a bonny lass.
And as she like an angel bright
Betwixt them mildly stood, She turn'd unto each several knight                     iu
With pale and changed blood; " Now am I at liberty
To make and take my choice ? " quoth she: " Yea," quoth the knights, " we do agree;
Then chuse, thou bonny lass."                            120
" 0 Musgrave, thou art all too hot
To be a lady's love," Quoth she, " and Armstrong seems a sot,
Where love binds him to prove. Of courage great is Musgrave still,                        125
And sith to chuse I have my will, Sweet Armstrong shall my joys fulfil,
And I his bonny lass."
The nobles and the gentles both
That were in present place,                                iao
Rejoiced at this sweet record;
But Musgrave, in disgrace, Out of the hall did take his way, And Armstrong marryed was next day

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