Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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280                     KING LEIR AND HIS
My second child, I know, Will be more kind and pitiful,                                  a
And will relieve my woe."
Full fast he hies then to her court;
Where, when she hears his moan, Keturn'd him answer, that she griev'd
That all his means were gone ;                            ioo
But no way could relieve his wants;
Yet if that he would stay Within her kitchen, he should have
What scullions gave away.
When he had heard, with bitter tears,                  i<w
He made his answer then; " In what I did, let me be made
Example to all men. I will return again," quoth he,
" Unto my Kagan's court;                                        no
She will not use me thus, I hope,
But in a kinder sort."
Where when he came, she gave command
To drive him thence away: When he was well within her court,                        iw
She said, he would not stay. Then back again to Gonorell
The woeful king did hie, That in her kitchen he might have
What scullion boys set by.                                        190
But there of that he was deny"d Which she had promis'd late: