Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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Gett me a wiffe whereere I may, For I had rather be slaine! "
Then some tooke vp their hawkes in hast, And some tooke vp their hounds;                     us
And some sware they wold not marry her, For citty nor for towne.
And then bespake him noble King Arthur, And sware there, " by this day, For a litle foule sight & misliking,                       ia>
[About nine stanzas wanting.]
Then shee said, " choose thee, gentle Gawaine, Truth as I doe say ;
Wether thou wilt haue me in this liknesse, In the night, or else in the day."
And then bespake him gentle Gawaine, 155
With one soe mild of moode ;
Sayes, " well I know what I wold say,
God grant it may be good !
" To haue thee fowle in the night, When I with thee shold play —                        16»
Yet I had rather, if I might, Haue thee fowle in the day."
" What, when lords goe with ther feires," shee said,
MS. 144, soome. 163, seires.