Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Of 'country and acquaintance near,
For thee to love and like ? "                        20
" O no," quoth Samson presently, " Not one so pleasant in my eye, Whom I could find so faithfully
To fancy."
At length they granted their consent,             25
And so with Samson forth they went; To see the maid was their intent, Which was so fair and bright. But as they were a-going there, A lion put them in great fear,                                 »
Whom Samson presently did tear
In pieces.
When they were come unto the place,
They were agreed in the case;
The wedding day appointed was,                          35
And when the time was come, As Samson went for beauty's fees, The lion's carcass there he sees, Wherein a sort of honey bees
Had swarmed.                     n
Then closely Samson went his way, And not a word thereof did say, Untill the merry feasting-day,
Unto the company. " A riddle I will shew," quoth he ;                        «
" The meaning if you tell to me, Within seven days I will give ye
Great riches.