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

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When mass was sung, and bells were rung,
And all men bound for bed, Lord Ingram and Lady Maisry
In one bed they were laid.
When they were laid into one bed,
It was both soft and warm ; He laid his hand over her side,
Says, ' I think you are with bairn.'
' I told you once, so did I twice, When ye came for my wooer,
That Childe Vyet, your one brother, One night lay in my bower.
xxi ' I told you twice, I told you thrice,
Ere ye came me to wed, That Childe Vyet, your one brother,
One night lay in my bed.'
' O father your bairn on me, Maisry,
And on no other man; And I'll gie him to his dowry
Full fifty ploughs of land.'
' I will not father my bairn on you,
Nor on no wrongeous man, Though ye'd give him to his dowry
Five thousand ploughs of land.'
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