Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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" Ride softlye," shee sayd, « 0 Childe Waters:
Why doe you ryde so fast ? The childe, which is no mans but thine, «
My bodye itt will brast."
Hee sayth, " seest thou yond water, Ellen, That flows from banke to brimme ? "
" I trust to God, 0 Childe Waters,
You never will see me swimme."                      eo
But when shee came to the water side,
She sayled to the chinne: " Now the Lord of heaven be my speede,
For I must learne to swimme."
The salt waters bare up her clothes,                     es
Our Ladye bare up her chinne ; Childe Waters was a woe man, good Lord,
To see faire Ellen swimme !
And when shee over the water was,
Shee then came to his knee :                              ra
Hee sayd, " Come hither, thou fayre Ellen, Loe yonder what I see.
" Seest thou not yonder hall, Ellen ?
Of redd gold shines the yate : Of twenty foure faire ladyes there,                        w
The fairest is my mate.