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

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CHILDE WATERS
LII
' Peace now,' he said, ' Burd Ellen, And be of good cheer, I pray ;
Your bridal and your churching both Shall be upon one day.'
47.             Childe Maurice
I
C HILDE MAURICE hunted the Silver Wood, He whistled and he sang: ' I think I see the woman yonder That I have loved lang.'
11 He called to his little man John,
' You don't see what I see; For yonder I see the very first woman
That ever loved me.'
in He says, ' Come hither, my little man John,
That I pay meat and fee, For thou shalt go to John Steward's wife
And greet her well from me;
IV
' And as it falls as many times
As knots be knit in a kell, Or merchantmen go to leeve London
To buy ware or to sell;
kell] hair-net, i.e. give her as many greetings as there are meshes in a net.         leeve] lovely.
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