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

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Then Coo-me-doo took flight and flew
And afar beyond the sea, And lichted near his mither's castle
On a tower o' gowd sae hie.
His mither she was walking out To see what she could see,
And there she saw her one young son Set on the tower sae hie.
' Get dancers here to dance.' she said, i And minstrels for to play ;
For here 7s my young son Florentine Come hame wi' me to stay.'
' Get nae dancers to dance, mither,
Nor minstrels for to play; For the mither o' my seven sons,
The morn's her wedding-day.'
' O tell me, tell me, Florentine,
Tell me, an tell me true ; Tell me this day without a flaw
What I will do for you ?'
' Instead of dancers to dance, mither,
Or minstrels for to play, Turn four-and-twenty well-wight men
Like storks in feathers gray:
well-wight] strong, lusty.
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