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

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SIR ALDINGAR
XIII
' If thou were a man, as thou art none,
It is here thou shouldest dye; But a paire of new gallowes shall be built,
Thou'st hang on them soe hye.
XIV
' And a fay re fyer there shall be bett, And brent our Queene shall been.'
Forth then walk'd our comely King, And met with our comely Queene.
xv Saies, ' God you save our Queene, Madam,
And Christ you save and see! Here you have chosen a new, new love,
And you will have none of mee.
xvi ' If you had chosen a right good knight,
The lesse had beene your shame ; But you have chosen a lazar man
That is both blind and lame.'
XVII
' Ever alacke! ' said our comely Queene,
' Sir Aldingar he is false; But ever alacke!' said our comely Queene,
' And woe is me, and alas !
XVIII
41 had thought swevens had never been true I have proved them true [today]:
I dream'd in my swevens on Thursday at even In my bed nheras I lay,
bett] kindled.          swevens] dreams.
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