The Oxford Book of Ballads - online book

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

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THE CARNAL AND THE CRANE
XXIII
' If any one should come this way,
And inquire for me alone, Tell them that Jesus passed by,
As thou thy seed did sow.
XXIV
' After that there came King Herod,
With his train so furiously, Inquiring of the husbandman,
Whether Jesus passed by.
xxv
' Why, the truth it must be spoke, And the truth it must be known,
For Jesus passed by this way When my seed was sown.
XXVi
' But now I have it reapen, And some laid on my wain,
Ready to fetch and cany Into my barn again.
XXVII
' Turn back, says the Captain, Your labour and mine 's in vain,
It's full three-quarters of a year Since he his seed has sown.
XXVIII
' So Herod was deceived
By the work of God's own hand,
And further he proceeded Into the Holy Land.
438
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