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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
XXVIII
And then, for fear of further strife, He took Sweet William for his wife: The like before was never seen, A serving-man to be a queen.
167. The Simple Ploughboy
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O THE Ploughboy was a-ploughing With his horses on the plain, And was singing of a song as on went he: ' Since that I have fall'n in love, If the parents disapprove,
'Tis the first thing that will send me to the sea.'
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When the parents came to know That their daughter loved him so,
Then they sent a gang, and press'd him for the sea. And they made of him a tar, To be slain in cruel war ;
Of the simple Ploughboy singing on the lea.
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The maiden sore did grieve, And without a word of leave,
From her father's house she fled secretlie, In male attire dress'd, With a star upon her breast,
All to seek her simple Ploughboy on the sea.
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