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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
XI
' The cock soon freshly feathered was By the work of God's own hand,
And then three fences crowed he In the dish where he did stand.
XII
' Rise up, rise up, you merry men all,
See that you ready be, All children under two years old
Now slain they all shall be.
XIII
' Then Jesus, ah ! and Joseph, And Mary, that was so pure,
They travelled into Egypt, As you shall iind it sure.
XIV
' And when they came to Egypt's land, Amongst those fierce wild beasts,
Mary, she being weary,
Must needs sit down to rest.
xv
' Come sit thee down, says Jesus,
Come sit thee down by me, And thou shalt see how these wild beasts
Do come and worship me.
XVI
' First came the lovely lion,
Which Jesu's grace did spring, And of the wild beasts in the field, The lion shall be the king. 436
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