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

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THE QUEEN'S MARIE
IV
She hadna been about the King's court
A month, but barely ane, Till she was beloved by a' the King's court,
And the King the only man.
v
She hadna been about the King's court
A month, but barely three, Till frae the King's court Marie Hamilton,
Marie Hamilton durstna be.
VI
The King is to the Abbey gane,
To pu' the Abbey tree, To scale the babe frae Marie's heart;
But the thing it wadna be.
VII
O she has row'd it in her apron,
And set it on the seaŚ ' Gae sink ye or swim ye, bonny babe,
Ye'se get nae mair o' me.'
VIII
Word is to the kitchen gane,
And word is to the ha', And word is to the noble room
Amang the ladies a', That Marie Hamilton's brought to bed,
And the bonny babe's miss'd and awa .
scale] drive away, get rid of. row'd] wrapped. 370
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