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

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'O lady fair. I'll no do sae;
I'll gie him a pound and let him gae.'
' O where hae ye ridden this lee-lang dajr ? Or where hae ye stolen this lady away : '—
xn 'I have not ndden this lee-lang dav. Nor yet have I stolen this lady away.
xi n
' She is my only, my sick sister.
Which I have brought from Winchester.'—
xrv ' If she be sick and like to dead. Why wears she the ribbon sae red I
xv ' If she De sick and like to die, Then why wears she the gold on high :'
xvi When came the carl to this lady's yett. Rudely, rudely he rapp'd thereat.
'  O where 's the lady o' this ha' I'—
' She's out with her maids to play at the baV—
' Ha, ha, ha ! ye are a' mista'en ; Gae count your maidens o'er again.
' I met her far beyond the lea.
With the young Earl Brand, his leman to be.'
lee-lang] live-long           yett] gate.
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