Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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84                  PROUD LADY MARGARET.
"Twas on a night, an evening bright,
When the dew began to fa', Lady Margaret was walking up and down,
Looking o'er her castle wa'.
She looked east, and she looked west,                    t
To see what she could spy, When a gallant knight came in her sight,
And to the gate drew nigh.
" You seem to be no gentleman,
Tou wear your boots so wide;                           10
But you seem to be some cunning hunter,
You wear the horn so syde."
" I am no cunning hunter," he said,
"Nor ne'er intend to be; But I am come to this castle                                    m
To seek the love of thee; And if you do not grant me love,
This night for thee I'll die."
" If you should die for me, sir knight,
There's few for you will mane,                           ao
For mony a better has died for me Whose graves are growing green.
" But ye maun read my riddle," she said,
" And answer me questions three ; And but ye read them right," she said,                 as
" Gae stretch ye out and die.