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

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' And she says a woman will have her will,
And this is all her cheef desire : Doe me right, as thou art a baron of sckill,
This is thy ransome and all thy hyer.'
He sayes, ' An early vengeance light on her!
She walkes on yonder more; It was my sister that told thee this,
[As shee heard it of me before.]
' But heer I'le make mine avow to God
To doe her an evill turne; For an' ever I may thate fowle theefe get,
In a fyer I will her burne.'
The King, having returned home, told his knights that he had in the forest a bride for one of them, and a number rode out in his company to find her.
Sir Lancelott and Sir Steven bold,
They rode with them that day, And the formost of the company
There rode the steward Kay.
Soe did Sir Banier and Sir Bore,
Sir Garrett with them soe gay, Soe did Sir Tristeram that gentle knight,
To the forrest fresh and gay.
sckill] wit, judgement.
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