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

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Prince Robert
P RINCE Robert has wedded a gay ladye, He has wedded her with a ring ; Prince Robert has wedded a gay ladye, But he daur na bring her hame.
II ' Your blessing, your blessing, my mother dear,
Your blessing now grant to me ! ' ' Instead of a blessing ye sail have my curse,
And you'll get nae blessing frae me.'
in She has call'd upon her waiting-maid,
To fill her a glass of wine ; She has called upon her fause steward,
To put rank poison in.
IV
She has put it to her roudes lip,
And to her roudes chin; She has put it to her fause, fause mouth,
But the never a drop gaed in.
v He has put it to his bonny mouth,
And to his bonny chin, He 's put it to his cherry lip,
And sae fast the rank poison ran in.
VI
' O ye hae poison'd your ae son, mother,
Your ae son and your heir ; O ye hae poisoned your ae son, mother,
And sons you'll never hae mair.
roudes] hag-like.
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