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

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' Upon Easter-day, mother,
My uprising shall be ; O the sun and the moon, mother,
Shall both rise with me ! '
102. The Carnal and the Crane
AS I pass'd by a river side, And there as I did reign, In argument I chanced to hear A Carnal and a Crane.
The Carnal said unto the Crane, i If all the world should turn,
Before we had the Father, But now we have the Son !
in ' From whence does the Son come ?
From where and from what place :;-He said, ' In a manger,
Between an ox and an ass !'
' I pray thee,' said the Carnal, ' Tell me before thou go'st,
Was not the mother of Jesus
Conceived by the Holy Ghost ?'—
Carnal] crow.          reign] run.
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