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

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THE MARRIAGE OF SIR GAWAIN
LVII
Soe did the knights, both more and lesse,
Rejoyced all that day For the good chance that hapened was
To Sir Gawaine and his lady gay.
20.                Bonnie Annie
i
T HERE was a rich lord, and he lived in Forfar, He had a fair lady and one only dochter.
II O she was fair ! O dear, she was bonnie ! A ship's captain courted her to be his honey.
Ill
'Ye'll steal your father's gowd, and your mother's money, And I'll make ye a lady in Ireland bonnie.'
IV
She 's stown her father's gowd, and her mother's money, But she was never a lady in Ireland bonnie.
v They hadna sail'd far till the young thing cried ' Woman ! ' ' What can a woman do, love, I will do for ye.
VI
' Lay about, steer about, lay our ship cannie, Do all ye can to save my dear Annie.'
VII
' There's fey folk in our ship, she winna sail for me, There's fey folk in our ship, she winna sail [ony].'
cannie] gently.           fey] destined to die.
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