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 INNOCENTS
vr This Herod knew one born should be, One born should be of true linage, That should be right heritour;, For he but by the Emperour
Was made by usurpage.
VII
Wherefore of thought this King Herod, This King Herod in great fear fell, For all the days most in his mirth, Ever he feared Christ his birth In Israel.
VIII
The time came it pleased God, It pleased God so to come to pass, For man's soul indeed His blessed Son was born with speed As his will was.
IX
Tidings came to King Herod, To King Herod, and did him tell, That one born forsooth is he, Which lord and king of all shall be In Israel.
x Herod then raged as he were wode, As he were wode of this tidmg, And sent for all his scribes sure. Yet would he not trust the Scripture, Nor of their counselling.
wode] mad. 452
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