Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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And God provided so that day,
That they tooke shippe and sayld away.
And with a prosperous gale of wind
In Flanders safe they did arive;                     m
This was to their great ease of minde,
"VVhich from their hearts much woe did drive ; And so with thanks to God on hie, They tooke their way to Germanie.
Thus as they traveld, thus disguisde,                  a
Upon the high way sodainely By cruell theeves they were surprisde,
Assaulting their small companie; And all their treasure and their store They tooke away, and beate them sore.              eo
The nurse in middest of their fight
Laid downe the child upon the ground;
She ran away out of their sight, And never after that was found:
Then did the Dutchesse make great mone 65
With her good husband all alone.
The theeves had there their horses kilde, And'all their money quite had tooke;
The pretty babie, almost spild, Was by their nurse likewise forsooke,             m
And they farre from their friends did stand,
All succourlesse in a strange land.
The skies likewise began to scowle; It hayld and raind in pittious sort;