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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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' My tongue is my am,' true Thomas he said;
' A gudely gift ye wad gie to me ! I neither dought to buy or sell
At fair or tryst where I might be.
'  I dought neither speak to prince or peer,
Nor ask of grace from fair ladye!'
' Now haud thy peace, Thomas,' she said,
' For as I say, so must it be.'
He has gotten a coat of the even cloth, And a pair o' shoon of the velvet green;
And till seven years were gane and past, True Thomas on earth was never seen.
2.                    Tam Lin
O I forbid you, maidens a', That wear gowd on your hair, To come or gae by Carterhaugh, For young Tarn Lin is there.
II ' For even about that knight's middle
O' siller bells are nine ; And nae maid comes to Carterhaugh And a maid returns again.' dought] could. even cloth] smooth cloth.
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