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ANCIENT PORTUGUESE BALLADS. 269
in the popular poets. A similar ballad is to be found in the Castilian.
DOM DUARDOS AND FLERIDA.
'T was in the month of April,
The day before May day, When roses red, and lilies white,
Are blooming bright and gay.
The night was calm and cloudless, With golden stars arrayed,
The Infanta, fair Flerida, In her wide garden strayed.
" God guard you, tender flowers, Great joy you 've given me ; I go to a strange land ; Such is my fate's decree.
" If my father seeks me, He who loves me well; Tell him that love has drawn me Within its fatal spell.
" Tell him that fateful love Has seized me in its hold ; I know not where I go, And none to me has told."
Then Dom Duardos spoke : " Oh, weep not so, my dear,
In the great realm of England Are fairer things than here.