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

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The Suffolk Miracle
i
A WONDER stranger ne'er was known Than what I now shall treat upon. In Suffolk there did lately dwell A farmer rich and known full well.
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He had a daughter fair and bright, On whom he placed his chief delight; Her beauty was beyond compare, She was both virtuous and fair.
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A young man there was living by, Who was so charmed with her eye. That he could never be at rest; He was by love so much possest.
IV
He made address to her, and she Did grant him love immediately ; But when her father came to hear, He parted her and her poor deal.
v
Forty miles distant was she sent, Unto his brother's, with intent That she should there so long remain, Till she had changed her mind again. 866
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