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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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xlvui Up then spak' the Queen o' Fairies,
Out o' a bush o' broom, ' She that has borrow'd young Tarn Lin
Has gotten a stately groom.'
Out then spak' the Queen o' Fairies,
And an angry woman was she, ' She 's ta'en awa' the bonniest knight
In a' my companie !
i But what I ken this night, Tarn Lin,
Gin I had kent yestreen, I wad ta'en out thy heart o' flesh,
And put in a heart o' stane.
' And adieu, Tarn Lin! But gin I had kent
A ladye wad borrow'd thee, I wad ta'en out thy twa grey e'en
Put in twa e'en o' tree.
' And had I the wit yestreen, yestreen,
That I have coft this day, I'd paid my teind seven times to hell
Ere you had been won away! •
tree] wood.           coft] bought.
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