Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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To be paid downe on marriage-day, Which might not be controll'd:
But if the children chance to dye,
Ere they to age should come,                      a>
Their uncle should possesse their wealth ; For so the wille did run.
" Now, brother," said the dying man,
" Look to my children deare ; Be good unto my boy and girl,                       k>
No friendes else have they here : To God and you I recommend
My children deare this daye ; But little while be sure we have
Within this world to staye.                         *o
" You must be father and mother both,
And uncle all in one; God knowes what will become of them,
When I am dead and gone." With that bespake their mother deare, «
" O brother kinde," quoth shee, " You are the man must bring our babes
To wealth or miserie :
" And if you keep them carefully,
Then God will you reward ;                       «
But if you otherwise should deal, God will your deedes regard."