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

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                 King Orfeo
A Shetland Ballad.
I
D ER lived a king inta da aste, Scowan Urla griin Der lived a lady in da wast. Whar giorten han griln oarlac.
II Dis king he has a huntin gaen, He's left his Lady Isabel alane.
in 'Oh I wis ye'd never gaen away, For at your hame is dol an wae.
IV
'' For da king o Ferrie we his daert, Has pierced your lady to da hertZ
                                               
v And aifter dem da king has gaen, But when he cam it was a grey stane.
VI
Dan ne took oot his pipes ta play, Bit sair his hert wi dol an wae.
VII
And first he played da notes o noy, An dan he played da notes o jov.
VIII
An dan he played da god gabber reel, Dat meicht ha made a sick hert hale.
aste] east. Scoivan &c] Early green's the wood. What giorten &c] Where the hart goes yearly.        noy] grief.         da
god gabber reel] the rollicking dance-tune.
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