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

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          Earl Mar's Daughter
IT was intill a pleasant time, Upon a simmers day, The noble Earl Mar's daughter Went forth to sport and play. ii And while she play'd and sported
Below a green aik tree, There she saw a sprightly doo Set on a tower sae hie.
' O Coo-me-doo, my love sae true,
If ye'll come doun to me, Ye'se hae a cage o' gude red gowd
Instead o' simple tree.
' I'll put gowd hingers roun' your cage, And siller roun' your wa';
I'll gar ye shine as fair a bird As ony o' them a'.'
But she had nae these words well spoke, Nor yet these words well said,
Till Coo-me-doo flew frae the tower And lichted on her head.
Then she has brought this pretty bird Hame to her bowers and ha',
And made him shine as fair a bird As ony o' them a'.
doo] dove.           hingers] hangings, curtains,
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