The Oxford Book of Ballads - online book

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

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6 Often have I dress'd my Queen
And often made her bed; But now I've gotten for my reward
The gallows tree to tread.
'  I charge ye all, ye mariners,
When ye sail owre the faem, Let neither my father nor mother get wit But that I'm coming hame.
' I charge ye all, ye mariners,
That sail upon the sea, That neither my father nor mother get wit The dog's death I'm to die.
'  For if my father and mother got wit,
And my bold brethren three, O mickle wad be the gude red blude This day wad be spilt for me!
xxv ' O little did my mother ken,
The day she cradled me, The lands I was to travel in
Or the death I was to die ! '
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