Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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" To-morrow you'd be taken sure,
And like a traitor slain ; And I'd be burned at a stake,
Although I be the Queen."—
He then stepp'd out at her room door, 2s
All in an angry mood : Until he met a leper-man,
Just by the hard way-side.
He intoxicate the leper-man,
With liquors very sweet:                               so
And gave him more and more to drink,
Until he fell asleep.
He took him in his armis twa,
And carried him along, Till he came to the Queen's own bed, m
And there he laid him down.
He then stepp'd out of the Queen's bower,
As swift sis any roe, Till he came to the very place
Where the King himself did go.                 40
The King said unto Rodingham, " What news have you to me ? "—>
He said, " Your Queen's a false woman, As I did plainly see."—