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            Hugh of Lincoln
and The Jew's Daughter
I A' THE boys of merry Lincoln Were playing at the ba', And by it came him sweet Sir Hugh, And he play'd o'er them a'. II He kick'd the ba' with his right foot,
And catch'd it wi' his knee, And thro'-and-thro' the Jew's window He gar'd the bonny ba' flee, in He 's doen him to the Jew's castell,
And walk'd it round about; And there he saw the Jew's daughter At the window looking out.
IV
' Throw down the ba', ye Jew's daughter,
Throw down the ba' to me! ' ' Never a bit,' says the Jew's daughter,
' Till up to me come ye.' v ' How will I come up ? How can I come up ?
How can I come up to thee ? I winna come up, I darena come up,
Without my play-feres three.'
VI
She 's ta'en her to the Jew's garden, Where the grass grew long and green,
She's pu'd an apple red and white To wyle the pretty boy in.
ba'] ball, football. doen] betaken. play-feres] playfellows. 1225                                           N                                         353
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