Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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To be brought up in faire London,
"With one that was his friend.                        so
Away then went those pretty babes,
Rejoycing at that tide, Rejoycing with a merry minde,
They should on cock-horse ride. They prate and prattle pleasantly,                   m
As they rode on the waye, To those that should their butchers be,
And work their lives decaye:
So that the pretty speeche they had,
Made Murder's heart relent:                        eo
And they that undertooke the deed,
Full sore did now repent. Yet one of them more hard of heart,
Did vowe to do his charge, Because the wretch, that hired him,                os
Had paid him very large.
The other won't agree thereto,
So here they fall to strife ; With one another they did fight,
About the childrens life:                                 v*>
And he that was of mildest mood,
Did slaye the other there, Within an unfrequented wood ;
The babes did quake for feare !