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

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THE CHERRY-TREE CAROL
XIII
' He neither shall be clothed
In purple nor in pall, But all in fair linen,
As were babies all.
XIV
' He neither shall be rock'd
In silver nor in gold, But in a wooden cradle
That rocks on the mould.
xv
' He neither shall be christen'd
In white wine nor red, But with fair spring water
With which we were christened.
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XVI
Then Mary took her young son And set him on her knee ;
'I pray thee now, dear child,
Tell how this world shall be.'
XVII
' O I shall be as dead, mother, As the stones in the wall;
O the stones in the street, mother, Shall mourn for me all.
XVIII
' And upon a Wednesday
My vow I will make, And upon Good Friday
My death I will take.
pall] fine cloth.
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