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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
XI
' Rislt up, my tormentors,
By two and all by one, And leadit Stephen out of this town,
And stonit him with stone.'
:;u Tooken they Stephen
And stoned him in the way ; And therefore is his even
On Christe's own day.
The Maid and the Palmer
T HE maid ?he went to the well to washe, Dew fell off her lily-white fleshe.
II White she washte, and white she rong, White she hang'd on the hazel wand.
in There came an old palmer by the way, Says, ' God speed thee well, thou fair may.'
IV
' Has tow either cup or can,
To give an old palmer drink therein ?'
v
Says, ' I have neither cup nor can, To give an old palmer drink therein.'
Risit, leadit, stonit] imperatives.              rongj wrung.
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