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

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24.          The Broomfield Hill
I
T HERE was a knight and a lady bright Set trysts amang the broom, The ane to come at morning ear, The other at afternoon.
11 ' I'll wager, I'll wager, I'll wager wi' you
Five hundred merks and ten That a maid shanna gae to the bonny broom And a maiden return again.' in ; I'll wager, I'll wager, I'll wager wi' you
Five hundred merks and ten That a maid shall gae to the bonny green broom And a maiden return again.'
IV
The may she sat at her mother's bower door
And aye she made her mane: ' O whether shou'd I gang to the Broomfield Hill,
Or should I stay at hame ?
v ' For if I do gang to the Broomfield Hill,
A maid I'll not return ; But if I stay frae the Broomfield Hill,
My love will ca' me man-sworn.'
VI
Up then spake an auld witch-wife,
Sat in the bower abune : ' O ye may gang to the Broomfield Hill,
And yet come maiden hame,
trysts] assignations.           ear] early.
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