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

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THE LADY TURNED SERVING-MAN
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Then to the King I bow'd full low, My love and duty for to show; And so much favour I did crave, That I a serving-man's place might have.
XI
' Stand up, brave youth,' the King replied, ' Thy service shall not be denied ; But tell me first what thou canst do; Thou shalt be fitted thereunto.
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' Wilt thou be usher of my hall, To wait upon my nobles all ? Or wilt thou be taster of my wine, To wait on me when I do dine ?
XIII
-' Or wilt thou be my chamberlain, To make my bed both soft and fine ? Or wilt thou be one of my guard ? And I will give thee thy reward.'
XIV
Sweet William, with a smiling face, Said to the King, ' If't please your Grace To show such favour unto me, Your chamberlain I fain would be.'
xv The King then did the nobles call, To ask the counsel of them all; Who gave consent Sweet William he The King's own chamberlain should ber S34
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