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

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With that start out a lodly feend, With seven heads, and one body;
The fier towards the element flew
Out of his mouth, where was great plentie.
But now with the aid of the book Sir Bredbittle has the fiend wholly at command. He is sent first to fetch the steed.
And then bespake him the Greene Knight, And these were the words said he :
Saith, ' I conjure thee, thou fowle feend,
That thou feitch downe the steed, that we see.'
And then forth is gone Burlow-beanie,
As fast as he co'ld hie, And feitch he did that faire steed,
And came againe by and by.
Then bespake him Sir Marramiles, And these were the words said hee:
' Ryding of this steed, brother Bredbeddle, The mastery belongs to me.'
Marramiles tooke the steed to his hand,
To ryd him he was full bold ; He co'ld noe more make him goe
Then a child of three yeere old.
He laid uppon him with heele and hand,
With yard that was soe fell ; ' Helpe ! brother Bredbeddle,' says Marramile,
' For I thinke he be the devill of hell.
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