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

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' If I had space, as I have grace,
A message I'd say to thee.'— ' Say on, say on, Sir Aldingar,
Say thou on and unto me.'
'I can shew you one of the grievous't sights
Ever Christian King did see; Our Queene hath chosen a new, new love,
She will have none of thee.
' If she had chosen a right good knight.
The lesse had beene her shame; But she hath chosen a lazar man
Which is both blind and lame.'—
' If this be true, Sir Aldingar,
That thou dost tell to me, Then will I make thee a rich knight
Both of gold and fee.
' But if it be false, Sir Aldingar,
That thou dost tell to me, Then looke thou for no other death
But to be hang'd on tree.'
When the King came into the Queene's chamber,
Standing her bed before, ' There's a lodly lome,' says Harry the King
For our dame Queene Elinor!
lodly] loathly.          lome] thing.
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