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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
IX
' It would be a shame, fair lady, For to bear a woman hence ; English soldiers never carry Any such without offence.' ' I will quickly change myself if it be so, And like a page I'll follow thee where'er thou go.'
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' I have neither gold nor silver
To maintain thee in this case, And to travel, 'tis great charges, As you know, in every place.' ' My chains and jewels every one shall be thine own, And eke five hundred pounds in gold that lies unknown.'-
XI
' On the seas are many dangers;
Many storms do there arise, Which will be to ladies dreadful,
And force tears from watery eyes.' i Well in truth I shall endure extremity, For I could find in heart to lose my life for thee.'-
XII
' Courteous lady, leave this fancy;
Here comes all that breeds the strife; I in England have already A sweet woman to my wife: I will not falsify my vow for gold or gain, Nor yet for all the fairest dames that live in Spain.'
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