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

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The Cruel Brother i
T HERE were three ladies play'd at the ba', With a hey ho ! and a lily gay I By came a knight and he woo'd them a' As the primrose spreads so siveetly.
Sing Annet, and Marret, and fair Maisrie, As the dew hangs V the 'wood, gay ladle I
II The first ane she was clad in red : ' O lady fair, Will you be my bride ?'
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The midmost ane was clad in green: ' O lady fair, will you be my queen ?'
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The youngest o' them was clad in white: ' O lady fair, be my heart's delight!'
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i Sir knight ere ye my favour win, Ye maun get consent frae a' my kin.
VI
' Ye maun go ask my father, the King: Sae maun ye ask my mither, the Queen.
VII
' Sae maun ye ask my sister Anne, And dinna forget my brother John.5
VIII
He has sought her from her father, the King And sae did he her mither, the Queen.
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