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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,
XIX
' Ride up, ride up,' said the second man; ' I think our bride looks pale and wan.'
xx
Up then comes the gay bridegroom. And straight unto the bride he came.
XXI
' Does your side-saddle sit awry ? Or does your steed [go heavily] ?'
XXII
' O lead me gently over yon stile, For there would I sit and bleed awhile.
XXIII
'O lead me gently up yon hill,
For there would I sit and make my will.7
XXIV
' O what will you leave to your father dear ?.'
' The milk-white steed that brought me here.'
XXV
' What will you leave to your mother dear ?' ' My wedding shift that I do wear.'
XXVI
' What will you leave to your sister Anne ?' ' My silken snood and my golden fan.'
XXVII
' What will you leave to your brother John ?,-
With a hay ho ! and a lily gay ! ' The gallows-tree to hang him on.' And the primrose spreads so sweetly.
Sing Annet, and Marret, and fair Maisrie^ And the deiv hangs C the wood, gay ladie I 1225                                       L                                          289
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