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

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LAMKIN
VII
But the nourice was a fause limmer
As e'er hung on a tree; She laid a plot wi' Lamkin,
Whan her lord was o'er the sea.
VIII
She laid a plot wi' Lamkin, When the servants were awa',
Loot him in at a little shot-window, And brought him to the ha'.
IX
' O whare 's a' the men o' this house, That ca' me the Lamkin ?'
' They're at the barn-well thrashing ; 'Twill be lang ere they come in.5
x
' And whare 's the women o' this house, That ca' me the Lamkin ?'
' They're at the far well washing; 'Twill be lang ere they come in.'
XI
' And whare 's the bairns o' this house.
That ca' me the Lamkin ? '
' They're at the school reading ;
'Twill be night or they come hame.'
XII
' O whare 's the lady o' this house, That ca's me the Lamkin :'
' She 's up in her bower sewing,
But we soon can bring
G
her down.
limmer] wretch, jade.        shot-window] a window opening on
a hinge.
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