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

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' O have you got houses, have you got land, And does Northumberland belong to thee ?
And what would you give to the fair young lady As out of prison would let you go free ?'
' O I've got houses and I've got land,
And half Northumberland belongs to me ;
And I will give it all to the fair young lady As out of prison would let me go free.'
' O in seven long years, I'll make a vow
For seven long years, and keep it strong, That if you'll wed no other woman,
O  I will wed no other man.'
O she took him to her father's harbour,
And gave to him a ship of fame, Saying, ' Farewell, farewell to you, Lord Bateman,
I  fear I never shall see you again! '
Now seven long years is gone and past, And fourteen days, well known to me;
She packed up all her gay clothing,
And swore Lord Bateman she would go see.
O when she arrived at Lord Bateman's castle,
How boldly then she rang the bell! ' Who's there? who's there?' cries the proud young porter,
i O come unto me pray quickly tell.' 826
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