Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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OR, CUPIDS TRIUMPH.                    321
If-that I lose my lady sweet,
How I'st restore your goods again ? "
" If that thou win the lady sweet,
Thou mayst well forth thou shalt pay me : 250 If thou losest thy lady, thou losest enough;
Thou shalt not pay me one penny."
" You have thirty horses in one close, You keep them all both frank and free;
Amongst them all there's an old white horse as This day would set my lady free.
" That is an old horse with a cut tail,
Full sixteen years of age is he; If thou wilt lend me that old horse,
Then could I win her easily."                                 2eo
" That's a foolish opinion," his master said, " And a foolish opinion thou tak'st to thee;
Thou'st have a better then ever he was, Though forty pounds more it should cost me."
" 0 your choice horses are wild and tough,               ses
And little they can skill of their train;
If I be out of my saddle cast,
They are so wild they'l ne'r be tain."
" Thou'st have that horse," his master said,
" If that one thing thou wilt tell me;                 
Why that horse is better than any other, I pray thee, Tom Pots, shew thou to me."
v. 270, me tell. VOL. IV.                        21