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Lord Thomas and Fair Annet
2. "The brown girl she has houses and lands, Fair Ellender, she has none.
For a blessing, my own dear son, Go, bring the brown girl home, Go, bring the brown girl home."
3. He dressed his pavage all in green: Hisself he dressed in white;
And every town that he rode through, They tuk him to be some knight, They tuk him to be some knight.
4. He rode till he came to fair Ellender's gate. He dingled low at the ring;
None is so ready as Ellender herself To rise and welcome him in, To rise and welcome him in.
5. "What news, what news," fair Ellender says, "What news you brung to me ?"
"No news, no news," Lord Thomas, he says, "Only come to my wedding, Only come to my wedding."
6. "Bad news, bad news," Fair Ellender says, "Bad news, you brung to me.
For I thought to be the bride myself And you the bride-groom to be, And you the bride-groom to be."
7. "Come, tell to me, dear mother," she says, "Come, tell to me your desire:
As to whether I go to Lord Thomas's wedding, Or dine at home with thee, Or dine at home with thee."
8.  "Great many of your friends will be there; And great many more of your foes;
And for a blessing, my own dear child, Come, dine at home with me, Come, dine at home with me."
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