Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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And all his gentlemen. The noble marquess in his heart felt such flame
Which set his senses all at "strife;                        20
Quoth he, " Fair maiden, shew soon what is thy name:
I mean to take thee to my wife." " Grissel is my name," quoth she, " Far unfit for your degree;
A silly maiden, and of parents poor."                &
" Nay, Grissel, thou art rich," he said, " A vertuous, fair, and comely maid;
Grant me thy love, and I will ask no more."
At length she consented, and being both contented,
They married were with speed ;                          so
Her country russet was turn'd to silk and velvet,
As to her state agreed : And when that she was trimly attired in the same,
Her beauty shin'd most bright, Far staining every other brave and comely dame
That did appear in sight.                                        m
Many envied her therefore, Because she was of parents poor,
And twixt her lord and her great strife did raise: Some said this, and some said that,                          40
Some did call her beggar's brat,
And to her lord they would her oft dispraise.
36, G. G. W., in her sight. VOL. IV.                         14