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

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LAMKIN
XXV
' O wha's blood is this,' he says, ' That lies in the cham'er r'
' It is your lady's heart's blood ; :Tis as clear as the lamer.'
XXVI
' And wha's blood is this,' he says,
' That lies in my ha' ?' ' It is your young son's hearts blood ;
'Tis the clearest ava'.'
XXVII
O sweetly sang the black-bird
That sat upon the tree ; But sairer grat Lamkin,
When he was condemn'd to dee.
XXVIII
And bonny sang the mavis
Out o' the thorny brake ; But sairer grat the nourice,
When she was tied to the stake-
cham'er] chamber.         lamer] amber.        avar] of all.
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