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

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THE MAID AND THE PALMER
VI
' But an thy leman come from Rome, Cups and cans thou wilt find soon.'
VII
She swore by God and good Saint John Leman she had never none.
VIII
Says, ' Peace, fair maid, you are forsworne, Nine children you have borne.
IX
' Three were buryed under thy bed's head, Other three under thy brewing lead.
x
' Other three play on yon greene ; Count, maid, and there be nine.'
XI
' But I hope you are the good old man That all the world beleeves upon.
XII
' Old palmer, I pray thee,
Penaunce that thou wilt give to me.'
XIII
' Penaunce I can give thee none
But seven year to be a stepping-stone.
XIV Other seven a clapper in a bell, Other seven to lead an ape in hell.
XV
When thou hast thy penaunce done, Then thou'st come a mayden home.'
leinan] lover.          lead] vat.
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