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

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17- The Boy and the Mantle
A Ballad of King Arthur s Court.
I
I N the third day of May To Carleile did come A kind curteous child
That co'ld much of wisdome.
II A kirtle and a mantle
This child had uppon, With brauches and ringes
Full richelye bedone.
in He had a sute of silke
About his middle drawne; Without he co'ld of curtesye
He thought it much shame.
IV
' God speed thee, King Arthur,
Sitting at thy meate; And the goodly Queene Guenever!
I cannot her forget.
v ' I tell you, lords in this hall,
I hett you all heed, Except you be the more surer
Is for you to dread.'
co'ld] could, knew. bedone] adorned. hett] bid. 08
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