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

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[An' see na ye that bonny road
About the fernie brae ? That wins back frae Elfland
Where you must wait to gae.]
8. Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight
MY plaid awa\ my plaid aiua', And oer the hill and far aiva ; And far aiva1 to Norroiva\ My plaid shall not be blown aiva .'
II Lady Isabel sits in her bower sewing,
Aye as the goivans grow gay She heard an elf-knight his horn blawing,
The first morning in May.
in The elfin-knight sits on yon hill, He blaws his horn baith loud and shrill.
He blaws it east, he blaws it west, He blaws it where he lyketh best.
' I wish that horn were in my kist, Yea, and the knight in my arms niest.'
She had no sooner these words said, When that knight came to her bed.
gozvans'] daisies.          kist] chest.          niest] next.
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