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

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' Therefore I left a many a child fatherlese, And many a widdow to looke wanne ;
Therefore do thou blame nothing, ladye, But the woerTull warres which I began.'
' If you will give me noe trust, my lord, Nor noe credence you will give mee,
An you'le come hither to my right hand, Indeed, my lord, He let you see.'
Says, ' I never loved noe witchcraft,
Nor never dealt with treacherye, But evermore held the hye way;
Alas, that may be seene by mee! '
' If you will not come your selfe, my lord, You'le lett your chamberlaine goe with me,
Three words that I may to him speake. And soone he shall come againe to thee.'
When James Swynard came that lady before, She let him see thro' the weme of her ring
How many there was of English lords To wayte there for his master and him.
' But who beene yonder, my good ladye,
That walkes soe royallye on yond greene ?'
' Yond is Lord Hunsden, Jamye,' she sayd, ' Alas, he'le doe you both tree and teene !'
weme] inward. wayte] wait in ambush. tree and teene] injury and grief. 678
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