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

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THE BOY AND THE MANTLE
XVIII
When she had tane the mantle,
And her about it cast Then was she bare
All unto the waist.
XIX
Then every knight
That was in the King's court Talk'd, laugh'd and showted
Full oft att that sport.
XX
She threw down the mantle
That bright was of blee, Fast with a red rudd
To her chamber can she flee.
XXI
Forth came an old Knight
Pattering ore a creede, And he proferr'd to this little Boy
Twenty markes to his meede;
XXII
And all the time of Christmasse
Willingly to ffeede ; For why this mantle might
Doe his wiffe =ome need.
XXIII
When shee had tane the mantle
Of cloth that was made, Shee had no more left on her But a tassell and a threed: That every knight in the King's court Bade evill might shee speed, rudd] complexion.            For why] because.
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