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

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' I might hae had a noble lady,
Far, far beyond the sea; I might hae had a noble lady,
Were it no for the love o' thee.'
' If ye might hae had a noble lady,
Yoursel' ye had to blame; Ye might hae taken the noble lady,
For ye kenn'd that I was nane.'
' O fause are the vows o' womankind, But fair is their fause bodie :
I wad never hae trodden on Irish ground, Were it no for the love o' thee.'
' If I was to leave my husband dear,
And my wee young son alsua, O what hae ye to tak' me to, If with you I should gae ?'
' I hae seven ships upon the sea, The eighth brought me to land;
With mariners and merchandise, And music on every hand.
' The ship wherein my love sail sail
Is glorious to behowd; The sails sail be o' the finest silk, And the mast o' beaten gowd.' 124
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