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

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THE CARNAL AND THE CRANE
v ' She was the purest Virgin,
And the cleanest from sin ; She was the handmaid of our Lord,
And mother of our King.'
VI
' Where is the golden cradle That Christ was rocked in ?
Where are the silken sheets That Jesus was wrapt in ?'
VII
' A manger was the cradle That Christ was rocked in ;
The provender the asses left So sweetly he slept on.
VI
' There was a star in the West land,
So bright did it appear Into King Herod's chamber,
And where King Herod were.
IX
' The Wise Men soon espied it,
And told the king on high, A princely babe was born that night
No king could e'er destroy.
x
' If this be true, King Herod said,
As thou tellest unto me, This roasted cock that lies in the dish
Shall crow full fences three.
fences] times.
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