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4. "Your master young and of a tender age, Not fitting to come under my degree. Here I will send him these three tennis balls And along with them he may learn to play." Fal lal the ral roddle, fal lal day.
5. He marched back to his own land, And fell on his bending knees;
"What news, what news from the king in France, What news you brought to me ?" Fal lal the ral roddle, fal lal day.
6. "He said my master was young and of a tender age, Not fitting to come unto his degree,
And he would send you these three tennis balls, And along with them you may learn to play." Fal lal the ral roddle, fal lal day.
7. As they marched through France, Their drums and fifes so merrilee "Yonder comes proud Henery." Fal lal the ral roddle, fal lal day.
B
The variant B was recorded from the singing of Mr. Harmon. Stanzas 2 to 6 and 8 and 11 of this variant are identical with the Child text. Stanzas 13 and 14 could not be recalled.
1. As the king lay musing on his bed, The king of France owed a tribute due, A tribute due was due to him;
It hadn't been paid for so long a time. Far laldry lol dalla, for lol de day.
2. He called for his lovely page, His lovely page then called he;
Saying, "You must go to the king of France, To the King of France, sir, ride speedily." Far laldry lol dalla, for lol de day.
3. Oh, then went away this lovely page, This lovely page then away sent he, And when he came to the king of France, Low he fell down on his bending knee. Far laldry lol dalla, for lol de day.
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