Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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This knight had a son both comely and tall,
Who often-times used to be at a ball,                               m
A mile out of town, and one evening-tide,
To see a fine dancing away he did ride.
Catskin said to his mother, " Madam, let me
Go after your son, this ball for to see."
With that, in a passion this lady she grew,                     75
And struck her with a ladle, and broke it in two.
Being thus served, she then got away,
And in her rich garments herself did array;
Then to see this ball she then did retire,
Where she danced so fine all did her admire.              so
The sport being done, this young squire did say, " Young lady, where do you live, tell me, I pray ? " Her answer to him was, " Sir, that I will tell; At the sign of the Broken Ladle I dwell."
She being very nimble, got home first, 'tis said, 85 And with her catskin robes she soon was arrayed; Then into the kitchen again she did go, But where she had been none of them did know.
Next night the young 'squire, himself to content, To see the ball acted, away then he went.                      90
She said, " Let me go this ball for to view;" She struck her with a skimmer, and broke it in two.
Then out of doors she ran, being full of heaviness, And with her rich garments herself'she did dress;