Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" Wei then," quoth he, " the faulte I see,
She hath it from her mother; It is hir teeth infects hir toung,
And it can be noe other; And since I now doe know the cause,            125
Whatsoever to me befall, He plucke hir teeth out of hir toung,
Perhaps hir toung and all."
And with a payre of pinsers strong
He pluckt a great tooth out,                        130
And for to plucke another thence,
He quicklye went about. But then she held up both her hands,
And did for mercye pray, Protesting that against his will,                       135
She wold not doe nor saye.
Whereat hir husband was right glad,
That she had changde hir mynde, For from that tyme unto hir death
She proved both good and kynde.              140
Then did he take hir from the poast,
And did unbind hir then ; I wold al shrews were served thus;
Al good wyves say Amen.