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

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T HERE were twa sisters sat in a hour; Binnorie, O Binnorie ! There cam a knight to be their wooer, By the bonnie miUdams o Binnorie.
He courted the eldest with glove and ring, But he lo'ed the youngest abune a' thing.
The eldest she was vexed sair, And sair envied her sister fair.
Upon a morning fair and clear, She cried upon her sister dear :
' O sister, sister, tak my hand.
And we'll see our father's ships to land.7
She 's ta'en her by the lily hand, And led her down to the river-strand.
The youngest stood upon a stane. The eldest cam and push'd her in.
' O sister, sister, reach your hand ! And ye sail be heir o' half my land:
' O sister, reach me but your glove ! And sweet William sail be your love.' 104
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