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

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KING ESTMERE
LXIX
Kyng Estmere tooke that fayre ladye, And marryed her to his wiffe,
And brought her home to merry England, With her to lead his life.
42.                  Fair Annie
I
I T'S narrow, narrow, mak your bed, And learn to lie your lane; For I'm gaun owre the sea, Fair Annie,
A braw Bride to bring hame. Wi' her I will get gowd and gear, Wi' you I ne'er gat nane.
11 ' But wha will bake my bridal bread,
Or brew my bridal ale ? And wha will welcome my bright Bride,
That I bring owre the dale ?'
in ' It's I will bake your bridal bread,
And brew your bridal ale; And I will welcome your bright Bride,
That you bring owre the dale.'
IV
i But she that welcomes my bright Bride
Maun gang like maiden fair; She maun lace on her robe sae jimp,
And comely braid her hair.
jimp] slender, trim.
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