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

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CHILDE WATERS
XXVIII
'0, I will drink of the wan water, And eat of the bread of bran ;
And aye will I bless the happy hour That ever I loved a man.'
XXIX
O four-and-twenty gay ladies
Were playing at the ball, But Ellen, the fairest lady,
Must bring his steed to stall.
XXX
And four-and-twenty gay ladies
Were playing at the chess, But Ellen, the fairest lady,
Must bring his horse to grass.
XXXI
When bells were rung, and mass was sung,
And a' men bound to meat, Burd Ellen was at the bye-table
Among the foot-men set.
XXXII
' O eat and drink, my bonny boy, The white bread and the beer.'
' The never a bit can I eat or drink, My heart's so full of fear.'
XXXIII
' O eat and drink, my bonny boy, The white bread and the wine.'
' O I cannot eat nor drink, master, My heart's so full of pine.'
pine] pain.
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