Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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Fair Lady Anne sate in her bower,
Down by the greenwood side, And the flowers did spring, and the birds did sing,
'Twas the pleasant May-day tide.
But fair Lady Anne on Sir William call'd, *
With the tear grit in her ee, " 0 though thou be fause, may Heaven thee guard,
In the wars ayont the sea!"—■
Out of the wood came three bonnie boys, Upon the simmer's morn,                                10
And they did sing and play at the ba', As naked as they were born.
" 0 seven lang years wad I sit here,
Amang the frost and snaw, A' to hae but ane o' these bonnie boys,            u
A playing at the ba'"—
Then up and spake the eldest boy,
" Now listen, thou fair ladie, And ponder -well the rede that I tell,
Then make ye a choice of the three.             20
" 'Tis I am Peter, and this is Paul, And that ane, sae fair to see,