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

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ST. STEPHEN AND KING HEROD
v ' What aileth thee, Stephen ?
What is thee befall ? Lacketh thee either meat or drink
In King Herod's hall ? '
VI
' Lacketh me neither meat ne drink
In King Herod's hall; There is a child in Bethlehem born
Is better than we all.'
VII
' What aileth thee, Stephen ?
Art wode or 'ginnest to brede ? Lacketh thee either gold or fee,
Or any rich weed ?'
VIII
' Lacketh me neither gold ne fee
Ne none rich weed ; There is a child in Bethlehem born
Shall helpen us at our need.'
IX
' That is all so sooth, Stephen,
All so sooth, I-wys, As this capon crowe shall
That li'th here in my dish.' x That word was not so soon said,
That word in that hall, The capon crew Christus natus est
Among the lordes all.
wode] mad.          brede] become (mad).          weed] clothing.
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