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

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He struck the table wi' his foot,
And kepp'd it with his knee, Till silver cup and ezar dish
In flinders they did flee.
He call'd unto his horse-keeper,
' Make ready you my steed! ' So did he to his chamberlain,
' Go fetch my lady's weed ! '
xxv O he dress'd himself in the holland smock,
[The mantle and the snood], And he cast a lease upon his back,
And he rode to Silver Wood.
And when he came to Silver Wood,
No body saw he there But Childe Maurice upon a block
Combing his yellow hair.
Childe Maurice sat in Silver Wood, He whistled and he sang : I think I see the woman come That I have loved lang.'
But then stood up him Childe Maurice His mother to help from horse:
' O alas, alas! ' says Childe Maurice, ' My mother was ne'er so gross! '
kepp'd] caught. ezar] ? for 'mazer,' maple. weed] clotti¬≠ing,          lease] leash, thong. 21S
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