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

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ROSE THE RED AXD WHITE LILY
XVI
Between this twa a tow was made.
And they sware it to fulfil i That at three blasts o' a bugle-horn
She'd come her sister till.
xvn Now Sweet Willy's gane to the Kingis court.
Her true-love there to see. And Roge the Roun to good green-wood.
Brown Robin's man to be.
xvm As it fell out upon a day
They a' did put the stane. Fu' seven feet ayont them a'
She gar'd the puttin'-stane gang.
XIX
She lean'd her back against an oak.
And ga'e a loud Ohone ! Then out it spake him Brown Robin,
' But that ?s a woman's moan!'
xx
' O ken ye by my red rose lip :
Or by my yallow hair : Or ken ye by my milk-white breast r
For ye never saw it bare.''
XXI
' I ken no by your red rose lip,
Nor by your yallow hair; Nor ken I bv your milk-white breast.
For I never saw it bare; But come to vour bow'r whaever sae likes
Will find a lady there.' «5
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