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i A shepherd maid to London came, Her feet her there did bring. She hasted to the King's palace, And knock-ed 2t the ring. Line, twine, the willow and the dee.
7 The King he call-ed down his men By one, by two, by three; Sir William once was first of all, And now the last came he.
2 There was no servant in the hall. Nor noble heard the din. And so there came the King himself, And let the fair maid in.
8 Then he held out full fifty pound All wrapped in a glove, " Eair maid, I'll give the same to thee
Go st-ck another love."
3   ki What wouldst thou have of me ? " he
said, "Oh, what dost seek ? " said he. " Thou hast a man in thy fair court, That hath a robbed me.
4   " He hath not robb'd me, gentle sir,
Of purple or of pall. But he hath stol'n my heart away, Which grieves me most of all."
5   "How dost thou know this robber
knight. What dost thou know him by?' " By his locks which are as yellow
wheat, And by his bright blue eye."
6   " Oh ! if he be a married man,
I'll hang him on a tree, But if he be a bachelor
His body I'll give to thee."
9 4l Oh ! 1 want nothing of thy gold, Nor nothing of thy fee, But I will have thy body whole, The King hath granted me."
10 " A shepherd's maiden tho' I was, My heart if left but free, I ne'er had come to London town, To ask of aught from thee."
i i He set her on a milk-white steed, Himself upon a grey, And forth he rode with the shepherd maid, From London town away.
12 The very first town they came unto, He bought her a golden ring, The very next town they came unto, He made her a gay wedding.
Line, twine, the willow and the dee.
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