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His cheeks as red as roses his humor kind and free She said dear youth if ever I wed I'll surely mary thee.
But when her parents came this for to understand They did this young man banish to some foreign land While she lay broken hearted lamenting she did cry For my honest charming prentice a maid I'll live and die
This young man to a merchant a waiting man was
bound And by his good behaviour good fortune there he found He soon became his butler which prompted him to faim And for his careful conduct the steward he became
For a ticket in a lottery his money he put down And there he gained a prize of twenty thousand pound With store of gold and silver he packed up his close
indeed And to England returned to his true love with speed
He offered kind embraces but she flew from his arms No lord duke or nobleman shall ever endure my charms The love of gold is cursed great riches I decry For my honest charming prentice a maid I'll Hve and and die
He said dear honord lady I have been in your arms This is the ring you gave me for toying in your charms You vowed if every you maried your love I should
enjoy Your father did me banish I was your prentice boy