Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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Three times the herault he waved his hand,
And three times spake on hye; " Giff any good knight will fende this dame, i«
Come forth, or shee must dye."
No knight stood forth, no knight there came,
No helpe appeared nye; And now the fyer was lighted up,
Queene Elinor she must dye.                             mo
And now the fyer was lighted up,
As hot as hot might bee ; When riding upon a little white steed,
The tinye boye they see.
" Away with that stake, away with those brands, And loose our comelye queene :                       
I am come to fight with Sir Aldingar, And prove him a traitor keene."
Forth then stood Sir Aldingar;
But when he saw the chylde,                         iro
He laughed, and scoffed, and turned his backe,
And weened he had been beguylde.
" Now turne, now turne thee, Aldingar,
And eyther fighte or flee ; I trust that I shall avenge the wronge,              ira
Thoughe I am so small to see,"