The Oxford Book of Ballads - online book

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

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INDEX OF FIRST LINES
O the Ploughboy was a ploughing
' O well 's me o' my gay goss-hawk
' O wha will shoe my bonny foot ?
O wha would wish the wind to blau
' O where hae ye been, Lord Randal, my son
' O where hae ye been, my long, long love
O Willie's large o' limb and lith .
O wow for day !          ....
Of a' the maids o' fair Scotland .
Our King he kept a false steward .
Prince Robert has wedded a gay ladye .
' Rise up, rise up, now Lord Douglas,' she says
Saies, ' Come here, cuzen Gawaine so gay Saint Stephen was a clerk . She lean'd her back unto a thorn . Sum speiks of lords, sum speiks of lairds Sweet Willy 's taen him o'er the faetn .
The Angel Gabriel from God The bonny heir, and the well-faur'd heir The Duke of Gordon had three daughters The eighteenth of October . The first good joy our Mary had . The gardener stands in his bower-door . The George-Aloe, and the Sweepstake, too The king sits in Dunfermline town The maid she went to the well to washe The Percy out of Northumberland The shepard upon a hill he sat ' The wind doth blow to-day, my love. The young lords o' the north country . There are twelve months in all the year There cam' seven Egyptians on a day . ' There is a feast in your father's house There lived a wife at Usher's well There was a knight and a lady bright . There was a may, and a weel-far'd may There was a rich lord, and he lived in Forfar There was a youth, and a well-beloved youth There were three ladies play'd at the ba' There were three ravens sat on a tree . There were three sisters fair and bright 870
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