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

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THE NUT-BROWN MAID
And you to save ; as women have From death men many one:
For, in my mind, of all mankind I love but you alone.
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He. Yet take good hede ; for ever I drede
That ye could not sustain The thorny ways, the deep valleys,
The snow, the frost, the rain, The cold, the heat; for dry or wete,
We must lodge on the plain ; And, us above, no other roof
But a brake bush or twain : Which soon should grieve you, I believe;
And ye would gladly than That I had to the green-wood go,
Alone, a banished man.
XVI
She. Sith I have here been partynere
With you of joy and bliss, I must also part of your woe
Endure, as reason is : Yet I am sure of one pleasure,
And shortly it is this— That where ye be, me seemeth, pard£,
I could not fare amiss. Without more speech I you beseech
That we were shortly gone ; For, in my mind, of all mankind
I love but you alone.
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