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

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THE HOLY WELL
XIII
'Nay, nay,' sweet Jesus said,
' Nay, nay, that may not be ; For there are too many sinful souls
Crying out for the help of me.'
           The Seven Virgins
i
A LL under the leaves and the leaves of life Li met with virgins seven, And one of them was Mary mild, Our Lord's mother of Heaven. ii ' O what are you seeking, you seven fair maids,
All under the leaves of life ? Come tell, come tell, what seek you All under the leaves of life ?'
in ' We're seeking for no leaves, Thomas,
But for a friend of thine ; We're seeking for sweet Jesus Christ,
To be our guide and thine.'
IV
' Go down, go down, to yonder town,
And sit in the gallery, And there you'll see sweet Jesus Christ
Nail'd to a big yew-tree.'
v So down they went to yonder town
As fast as foot could fall, And many a grievous bitter tear
From the virgins' eyes did fall.
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