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

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The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman
A Broadside Version ofi Young Beichan'
LORD BATEMAN was a noble lord, A noble lord of high degree ; He shipp'd himself all aboard of a ship, Some foreign country for to see.
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He sailed east, he sailed west,
Until he came to famed Turkey, Where he was taken and put to prison,
Until his life was quite weary.
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All in this prison there grew a tree,
O there it grew so stout and strong! Where he was chain'd all by the middle,
Until his life was almost gone.
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This Turk he had one only daughter,
The fairest my two eyes e'er see; She stole the keys of her father's prison,
And swore Lord Bateman she would let go free.
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O she took him to her father's cellar,
And gave to him the best of wine; And every health she drank unto him
Was, ' I wish, Lord Bateman, as you was mine.'
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