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

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THE RIDDLING KNIGHT
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10 sin is heavier nor the lead, The blessing 's better nor the bread.
XI
' O the wind is longer nor the way And love is deeper nor the sea.'
XII
["' You have answer'd aright my questions three
Jennifer, Gentle and Rosemary ; And now, fair maid, I'll marry wi' thee,
As the dotvjlies over the mulberry-tree.
May Colvin
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F ALSE Sir John a-wooing came To a maid of beauty fair; May Colvin was this lady's name, Her father's only heir.
II He woo'd her but, he woo'd her ben,
He woo'd her in the ha'; Until he got the lady's consent
To mount and ride awa'.
in ' Go fetch me some of your father's gold,
And some of your mother's fee, And I'll carry you into the north land,
And there I'll many thee.'
but, ben] both in the outer and inner rooms.
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