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

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' Helpe ! brother Bredbeddle,' says Marramile,
' Helpe ! for Christ's pittye ; Ffor without thy help, brother Bredbeddle,
He will never be rydden for me.'
Then bespake him Sir Bredbeddle,
These were the words said he: 'I conjure thee tell, thou Burlow-beanie,
How this steed was riddin in his country.'
' In Cornewall's window is a gold wand ;
Let him strike three strokes on that steed, And then he will spring forth of his hand
As sparke doth out of gleede.'
Then Sir Tristram requires a horn. At Sir Bredbittle's command the sprite fetches it; but the horn will not sound until anointed with a certain powder. This also the sprite is sent to fetch.
And then bespake Sir Bredebeddle, To the ffeend these words said hee :
Says, ' I conjure thee, thou Burlow-beanie, The powder-box thou feitch me.'
Then forth is gone Burlow-beanie,
As fast as he co'ld hie, And feich he did the powder-box,
And came againe by and by.
gleede] live coal.
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