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

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FAIR FLOWER OF NORTHUMBERLAND
VII
' Faire lady. I am no foe,' he said,
Follow, my love, come over the strand—
i Through thy sweet love here was I stay'd,
For thee, the faire flower of Northumberland.'—
VIII
' Why shouldst thou come here for love of me.
Follow, my love, come over the strand— Having wife and children in thy countrie ?
—And I the faire flower of Northumberland.'—
IX
' I swear by the blessed Trinitie,
Follow, my love, ccme over the strand—
I have no wife nor children, I,
But I'll make you my ladye in faire Scotland.
x
' I swear by Him that was crown'd witli thorn, Follow, my love, come over the strand—
That I never had wife since the day I was born, But I live a free lord in faire Scotland.'—
XI
She stole from her father's pillow the key, Follow, my love, come over the strand—
And soon out of prison she's set him free To wend with her into faire Scotland.
XII
Likewise much gold she got by sleight, Follow, my love, come over the strand—
And all to help this forlorne knight
To wend from her father to faire Scotland.
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