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

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He has sought her from her sister Anne: But he has forgot her brither John.
x Now when the wedding day was come, The knight would take his bonny bride home.
And many a lord and many a knight Came to behold that ladie bright.
And there was nae man that did her see But wish'd himself bridegroom to be.
Her father led her down the stair,
And her mither dear she kiss'd her there.
Her sister Anne led her thro' the clcse, And her brother John set her on her horse.
xv She learVd her o'er the saddle-bow, To give him a kiss ere she did go.
He has ta'en a knife, baith lang and sharp, And stabb'd that bonny bride to the heart.
She hadna ridden half thro' the town, Until her heart's blude stain'd her gown.
' Ride saftly up,' said the best young man % ' I think cur bride come hooly on.'
hooly] slowly, softly.
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