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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
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XVII
' And ye maun harrow it with ae tyne, And ye maun shear it with ae horse bane.
XVIII
' And ye maun stack it in yon mouse-hole, And ye maun thresh it in yon shoe-sole.
XIX
' And ye maun winnow it in your loof, And ye maun sack it in your glove.
XX
' And ye maun bring it owre the sea. Fair and clean and dry to me.
XXI
' And when ye've done an' finish'd your wark, Come to me, love, an' get your sark.'
XXII
' It's I'll not quit my plaid for my life ; It haps my seven bairns and my wife.'
The iv'ind sail not blaw my plaid aezva'.-' And it's I will keep me a maiden still, Let the elfin knight do what he will'
The ivind has not blown my plaid aiva .'
ae tyne] one harrow-point.          loof J palm.
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