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
XI
Then this was the conclusion, The conclusion of his counsel ; To send unto his knights anon To slay the children every one In Israel.
XII
This cruel king this tyranny, This tyranny did put in ure ; Between a day and years two All men-children he did slew,
Of Christ for to be sure.
XIII
Yet Herod miss'd his cruel prey, His cruel prey as was God's will; Joseph with Mary then did flee ; With Christ to Egypt gone was she From Israel.
XIV
All the while these tyrants, These tyrants would not convert, But innocents ying That lay sucking,
They thrust to the heart.
xv This Herod sought the children ying, The children ying, with courage fell, But in doing this vengeance His own son was slain by chance In Israel.
ure] practice.
yingl young.
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