The Oxford Book of Ballads - online book

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

Home Main Menu Singing & Playing Order & Order Info Support Search Easter Hymns



Share page  Visit Us On FB

Previous Contents Next
THE LORD OF LORN
XXV
' I have no child,' the shepherd said,
' My boy, thou'st tarry and dwell with me ;
My living, my house, but and my goods, I'll make thee heir of them all, perdie.'
XXVI
And then bespake the shepherd's wife
Unto the child so tenderlye: ' Thou must take the sheep and go to the field,
And tend them upon the lonely lee.'
XXVII
Now let us leave talk of the child
That is tending sheep on the lonely lee,
And we'll talk more of the false steward, Of him and of his treacherye.
XXVIII
He bought himself a suit of apparel
That any lord might a-seem'd to worn;
He went a-wooing to the Duke's daughter, And call'd himself the Lord of Lorn.
XXIX
The Duke he welcomed the [brisk] young lord With three baked stags and the Rhenish wine:
If he had wist him the false steward, With the devil he'd have bade him dine.
xxx But when they were at supper set
With dainty delicates that was there, The Duke said, 'If thou'lt wed my daughter I'll give thee a thousand pound a year.' 336
Previous Contents Next







E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III