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

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COSPATR1CK
LXI
O  she has ta'en her thro' the ha', And on her son began to ca\
LXII
' What did you wi' that gay gold ring
I  bade you keep abune a' thing ?
LXIII
' What did you wi' that little pen-knife I bade you keep while you had life ?
LXIV
' What did you wi' the bonny beads
I bade you keep against your needs ??
LXV
I gae them to a ladye gay
I met i' the grene-wood on a day.
LXVI
' But I wad gie a' my ha's and tours, I had that bright burd in my bours :
LXVII
' But I wad gie my very life I had that ladye to my wife! '
LXVIII
' Now keep, my son, your ha's and tours; Ye have that bright burd in your bours.
LXIX
' And keep, my son, your very life, Ye have that ladye to your wife.'
LXX
Now, or a month was come and gane, The ladye bore him a bonny son.
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