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

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THE THREE KINGS
VI
' When you at this Child have been, Come you home this way again ; Tell me the sight that you have seen ; I pray-a, Go you none other way-a.'
VII
They took their leave both old and ying Then of Herod that moody king ; They went forth with their offering By light-a Of the star that shone so bright-a.
VIII
Till they came into the place Where Jesu and his mother was ; Offer'd they up with great solace In fere-a Gold, incense and myrrh-a.
IX
When they had their offering made As the Holy Ghost them bade, Then they were both merry and glad And light-a ; It was a good fair sight-a.
X
Anon, as on their way they went, The Father of heaven an angel sent To these three kings that made present This tide-a, And this to them he said-a :
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