Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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THE SPANISH LADY'S LOVE.             205
" On the seas are many dangers;
Many storms do there arise, Which will be to ladies dreadful,
And force tears from wat'ry eyes." " Well in worth .1 could endure extremity, «s For I could find in heart to lose my life for thee."
" Courteous lady, be contented ;
Here comes all that breeds the strife; I in England have already
A sweet woman to my wife :                               to
I will not falsifie my vow for gold or gain, Nor yet for all the fairest dames that live in Spain."
" Oh how happy is that woman
That enjoys so true a friend ! Many days of joy God send you!                               re
Of my suit I'll make an end : On my knees I pardon crave for this offence, Which love and true affection did first commence.
" Commend me to thy loving lady;
Bear to her this chain of gold,                                 so
And these bracelets for a token;
Grieving that I was so bold. All my jewels in like sort bear thou with thee, For these are fitting for thy wife, and not for me.
" I will spend my days in prayer,                          ss
Love and all her laws defie;