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

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With that an arrow came hastily
Forth of a mighty wane ; And it hath stricken the Earl Douglas
In at the breaste-bane.
Thoro, liver and lunges both
The sharp arrow is gone, That never after in his life-days
He spake mo words but one : 'Twas, ' Fight ye, my merry men, whiles ye may,
For my life-days bin gone ! '
xxxvn The Percy leaned on his brand
And saw the Douglas dee ; He took the dead man by the hand,
And said, ' Woe is me for thee !
' To have sav'd thy &c I'd have parted with
My lands for yeares three, For a better man of heart nor of hand
Was not in the north countrye.'
xxxix [All this there saw] a Scottish knight,
Sir Hugh the Montgomerye: When he saw Douglas to the death was dight,
Through a hundred archerye He never stint nor he never blint
Till he came to the lord Percye.
wane] host, multitude.          dight] done, doomed.         stint]
stayed.           blint] stopped.
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