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

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LADY ISABEL AND THE ELF-KNIGHT
VII
' Thou art owre young a maid,' quoth he, ' Married with me thou ill wouldst be.'
VIII
' I have a sister younger than I, And she was married yesterday.'
IX
i Married with me if thou wouldst be, A courtesie thou must do to me.
x
' For thou must shape a sark to me Without any cut or hem.' quoth he
XI
' It's ye maun shape it knife-and-shurlesse, And also sew it needle-threedlesse.
XII
' And ye maun wash it in yonder well,
Where the dew never wat nor the rain never fell.
XIII
' And ye maun dry it upon a thorn
That never budded sin Adam was born.'
XIV
' Now sin ye have asked some things o' me, It's right I ask as mony o' thee.
xv ' My father he ask'd me an acre o' land Between the saut sea and the strand.
XVI
' And ye maun are it wi' your blawin' horn, And ye maun sow it wi' pepper corn.
sark] shirt.           wat] wetted.           are] plough.
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