Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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OF SPINDLESTON-HEUGH.                 285
The spells were vain; the hags returned                85
To the queen in sorrowful mood, Crying that witches have no power
Where there is rown-tree wood.
•Her last effort, she sent a boat,
AVhich in the haven lay,                                              so
With armed men to board the ship,
But they were driven away.
The worm lept out, the worm lept down,
She plaited round the stone; And ay as the ship came to the land                         9t
She banged it off again.
The Child then ran out of her reach
The ship on Budley-sand, And jumping into the shallow sea,
Securely got to land.                                                    100
And now he drew his berry-brown sword,
And laid it on her head; And swore, if she did harm to him,
That he would strike her dead.
11 0 quit thy sword, and bend thy bow,               ids
And give me kisses three ; For though I am a poisonous worm, .
No hurt I'll do to thee.
" O quit thy sword, and bend thy bow,
And give me kisses three;                                  uo
If I'm not won e'er the sun go down, Won I shall never be."
101, berry-broad.