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

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The Spanish Lady's Love
W ILL you hear a Spanish lady How she woo'd an English man ? Garments gay and rich as may be, Decked with jewels, she had on ; Of a comely countenance and grace was she, And by birth and parentage of high degree.
As his prisoner there he kept her,
In his hands her life did lie ; Cupid's bands did tie her faster, By the liking of an eye ; In his courteous company was all her joy, To favour him in any thing she was not coy.
At the last there came commandment
For to set the ladies free,
With their jewels still adorned,
None to do them injury:
' Alas! ' then said this lady gay, ' full woe is me;
O let me still sustain this kind captivity!
' Gallant captain, show some pity
To a lady in distress; Leave me not within this city, For to die in heaviness; Thou hast set this present day my body free, But my heart in prison strong remains with thee.'-
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