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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
XI
' My Lord hath warn'd you every one By Herod king you go not home, For an you do he will you slone And 'stroy-a, And hurt you wonderly-a.'
XII
So forth they went another way Through the might of God his lay, As the angel to them did say, Full right-a ; It was a good fair sight-a.
XIII
When they came home to their countrie, Glad and blithe they were all three Of the sight that they had see ; By dene-a The company was clean-a.
XIV
Kneel we now here a-down ; Pray we in good devotion To the King of great renown, Of grace-a In heaven to have a place-a.
slone] slay. lay] law. By dene] at once, or all together.
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