Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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I have read that many years agoe,
When Jeph[th]a, judge of Israel, Had one fair daughter and no moe,
Whom he loved passing well. And as by lot, God wot,                                       s
It came to passe, most like it was, Great warrs there should be, And who should be the chiefe but he, but he.
When Jeph[th]a was appointed now
Chiefe captain of the company,                      10
To God the Lord he made a vow,
If he might have the victory, At his return, to burn, For his offering, the first quick thing, Should meet with him then,                               
From his house when he came agen, agen.
It chanced so these warrs were done,
And home he came with victory; His daughter out of doors did run
To meet her father speedily:                           20
And all the way did play To taber and pipe, and many a stripe, And notes full high, For joy that he was so nigh, so nigh.
When Jeph[th]a did perceive and see                25
His daughter firm and formostly, He rent his cloths, and tore his haire,
And shrieked out most piteously:
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