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

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7. The Queen of Elfland' s Nourice
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' I HEARD a cow low, a bonnie coiv low, And a cow loiv down in yon glen : Lang, lang will my young son greet Or his mither bid him come ben !
II 'Iheard a cow loiv, a bonnie cow low,
And a coiv loiv down in yon fauld: Lang, lang will my young son greet
Or his mither take him frae cauld!
Ill
[The Queen of Elfan's nourice
She sits and sings her lane] ' Waken, Queen of Elfan
And hear your nourice moan.7
IV
' O moan ye for your meat,
Or moan ye for your fee, Or moan ye for the ither bounties
That ladies are wont to gie ?'
v " I moan na for my meat,
Nor moan I for my fee, Nor moan I for the ither bounties
That ladies are wont to gie.
VI
[' But I heard a bonnie cow
Low down in yonder fauld] And I moan for my young son
I left in four nights auld.
greet'] cry. ben] to the inner room. nourice] nurse.
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