Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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From Buchan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, I. 125.
A fragment of the ancient English romance of Florice and Blancheflour is printed in Hartshorne's Metrical Tales, p. 81. For the complete story (hardly a trace of which is retained in the following ballad) see Ellis's Early English Metrical Romances.
There was a maid, richly arra/d,
In robes were rare to see; For seven years and something mair,
She serv'd a gay ladie.
But being fond o' a higher place,                            5
In service she thought lang; She took her mantle her about,
Her coffer by the band.
And as she walk'd by the shore side, As blythe's a bird on tree,                                    10
Yet still she gaz'd her round about, To see what she could see.