Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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258 the farmer's old wife.
" It is not your eldest son that I crave,                       s
But it is your old wife, and she I will have."
" 0 welcome, good Satan, with all my heart! I hope you and she will never more part."
Now Satan has got the old wife on his back,
And he lugged her along like a pedlar's pack. 10
He trudged away till they came to his hall-gate: Says he, " Here, take in an old Sussex chap's mate.
O then she did kick the young imps about,— Says one to the other, " Let's try turn her out."
She spied thirteen imps all dancing in chains, is She up with her pattens, and beat out their brains.
She knocked the old Satan against the wall,— " Let's try turn her out, or she'll murder us all."
Now he's bundled her up on his back amain,
And to her old husband he took her again.                a>
" I have been a tormentor the whole of my life, But I ne'er was tormented till I met with your wife."