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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana 301
6. There was bloodshed on every side
Till I got my love from among them. Fight on, brave boys; if you gain such a bride, You must fight and overcome them.
Part I of "A Constant Wife," No. 80 in Rollins, The Pepys Ballads, II.
1. Young men and maids lend me your aids,
to sing of my deare Sweeting: It showes how Fortune hath betrayd's
and often spoils our meeting. She likely was for to be rich,
and I a man but meanely, Wharefore her friends at me did grutch,
and vsde me most vnkindlv.
2. Her constancy I will declare,
wherein she proued loyall: But few with her that will compare
when they are put to tryalL Her friends against her did contend,
because she lent me fauour, They said, I quickly all would spend,
if that I might but haue her.
3. They did conuey her from my sight,
because she should exempt me; I could not find my heart's delight,
which sore did discontent me. I traueld ouer craggy rockes,
ore mountaine, hills, and valleys, But she was kept from me with lockes,
onely through spight and malice.
4. But Loue that conquers Kings and Queens,
herin did shew vs fauour, It brought to passe, and wrought the meaues,
in what place I should haue her. She had an Vncle did detains
and keepe her presence from me: Whom I was very like t'haue slaine,
because he so did wrong me.