Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE BOY AND THE MANTLE.                  9
He pulled forth a pretty mantle, Betweene two nut-shells.
" Have thou here, King Arthur,              so
Have thou heere of mee ; Give itt to thy comely queene, Shapen as itt is alreadye.
Itt shall never become that wiffe, That hath once done amisse : " — » Then every knight in the kings court Began to care for his.
Forth came dame Gu^never.;
To the mantle shee her hied;
The ladye shee was newfangle,             &
But yett shee was affrayd.
When shee had taken the mantle, She stoode as shee had beene madd: It was from the top to the toe, As sheeres had itt shread.                      40
One while was it gule, Another while was itt greene; Another while was it wadded; 111 itt did her beseeme.
MS. V. 32, his wiffe. V. 34, bided. V. 41, gaule.