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

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She wander'd up, she wander'd down,
She wander'd out and in ; And, at last, into the very swine's stythe
The Queen brought forth a son.
Then they cast kevils them amang, Which suld gae seek the Queen;
And the kevil fell upon Wise William, And he sent his wife for him.
O  when she saw Wise William's wife, The Oueen fell on her knee :
' Win up, win up, madam !' she says : ' What needs this courtesie ?'—
' O out o' this I winna rise, Till a boon ye grant to me ;
To change your lass for this lad bairn, King Honour left me \wi'-
' And ye maun learn my gay goss-hawk Right weel to breast a steed;
And I sail learn your turtle dow As weel to write and read.
' And ye maun learn my gay goss-hawk
To wield both bow and brand ; And I sail learn your turtle dow To lay gowd wi' her hand.
dow] dove.          lay gowd] embroider in gold.
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