Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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84                   THE SEVEN CHAMPIONS
First, I give you to understand
That great Saint George by name, w Was the true champion of our land;
And of his birth and fame, And of his noble mother's dream,
Before that he was born, The which to her did clearly seem               u
Her days would be forlorn.
This was her dream; that she did bear
A dragon in her womb ; Which griev'd this noble lady fair,
'Cause death must be her doom.                 20
This sorrow she could not conceal,
So dismal was her fear, So that she did the same reveal
Unto her husband dear;
Who went for to inquire straight                   &
Of an enchanteress; When, knocking at her iron gate,
Her answer it was this: " The lady shall bring forth a son,
By whom, in tract of time,                         »
Great noble actions shall be done ;
He will to honour climb.
" For he shall be in banners wore; This truth I will maintain; Your lady, she shall die before                       ss