Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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THE NORTHERN LORD AND CRUEL JEW.
The youngest beautiful and fair:
By chance a noble knight came there.
Her father said, " Kind sir, I have                   s
Two daughters: which do you crave ? " " One that is beautiful," he cried; The noble knight he then replied :
" She's young, she's beautiful and gay, And is not to be given away,                          w
But as jewels-are bought and sold; She shall bring me her weight in gold.
" The price I think ye need not grudge, Since I will freely give as much With her one sister, if I can                           is
Find out some other nobleman."
With that bespoke the noble knight,
" I'd sooner have the beauty bright,
At that vast rate, renowned lord,
Than the other with a vast reward."              20
So then the bargain it was made; But ere the money could be paid, He had it of a wealthy Jew; The sum so large, the writings drew
That if he failed, or miss'd the day,                25
So many ounces he should pay Of his own flesh, instead of gold; All was agreed, the sum was told.







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