Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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The second sister, she made his bed, And laid soft pillows under his head.
The youngest [sister] that same night, She went to bed to this young knight.
And in the morning when it was day,                is
These words unto him she did say.
" Now you have had your will," quoth she, " I pray, Sir Knight, you marry me."
This young brave knight to her reply'd.
" Thy suit, fair maid, shall not be deny'd, 20
" If thou canst answer me questions three, This very day will I marry thee."
" Kind sir, in love, O then," quoth she, " Tell me what your three questions be."
" 0 what is longer than the way ?                        25
Or what is deeper than the sea ?
" Or what is louder than a horn ? Or what is sharper than a thorn ?
" Or what is greener than the grass ?
Or what is worse than a woman was ? " so
25. i. e. the milky way.