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Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight
"You take part of your father's gold,
Which lies at your mother's feet, Two best horses from your father's stable
Wherein stand thirty and three."
2.  She took part of her father's gold,
Which lay at her mother's feet, Two best horses from her father's stable,
Wherein stood thirty and three. She rode and rode until she came
To the salt water sea. "Get down, get down, pretty Polly;
I have some tale for thee, I have drowned six of the king's daughters,
And the seventh you shall be."
3. "Young man, young man, is that what you promised me?
You promised to take me to the great gold land,, And there for to marry me."
"Take off that fine silk robe, And lay it on yonder rock
For it is too costly and fine For the sand of the sea to rot."
4.  "Turn your back to the greenwood side,
Your face to the salt water sea; Ain't it a pity that such pebbles as you
A naked woman should see ?" He turned his back to the greenwood side,
His face to the salt water sea; She picked him up so manfully
And hove him into the sea.
5.  "Give me your hand, pretty Polly,
Give me your hand," he cried, "And everything I promised you,
I'll make it come abide." "Lie there, lie there, you false-hearted wretch!
Lie there in the place of me; You've drowned six of the king's daughters,
And king over them you shall be!"
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