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

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' There 's thousands of children young, Which for his sake did die,—
Do not forbid those little ones, And do not them deny.
xxx ' The truth now I have spoken,
And the truth now I have shown Even the blessed Virgin,
She 's now brought forth a Son.'
103.               Jolly Wat
Can I not sing but ' Hoy ',
Whan the joly shepard made so much joy?
T HE shepard upon a hill he sat; He had on him his tabard and his hat, His tarbox, his pipe, and his flagat; His name was called Joly Joly Wat, For he was a gud herd€s boy.
Ut hoy! For in his pipe he made so much joy.
11 The shepard upon a hill was laid; His dog unto his girdell was taid ; He had not slept but a litill braid, But ' Gloria in excelsis ' was to him said. Ut hoy! For in his pipe he made so much joy.
tabard] short coat.              flagat] flask.               taid] tied
braid] time.
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