Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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sion, as a tract or chap-book. In this last form it is printed in the above-mentioned volume of the Percy Society. The ballad in its proper simplicity is in­serted in A Collection of Old Ballads, i. 252.
Percy's Patient Countess (Reliqws, i. 310) is ex­tracted from Albion's England.
The title ia The Garland of Good Will is, Of Patient Grissel and a Noble Marquess. To the tune of the Bride's Good Morrow. Percy Society, vol. xxx. p. 82.
A noble marquess, as he did ride a-hunting,
Hard by a river side, A proper maiden, as she did sit a-spinning,
His gentle eye espy'd : Most fair and lovely, and of comely grace was she,                                                                  «
Although in simple attire; She sang most sweetly, with pleasant voice melo­diously,
Which set the lord's heart on fire. The more he lookt, the more he might; Beauty bred his hearts delight,                               m
And to this damsel he went. " God speed," quoth he, " thou famous flower, Fair mistress of this homely bower,
"Where love and vertue live with sweet content."
With comely gesture and modest mild behaviour is
She bad him welcome then ; She entertain'd him in a friendly manner.