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

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107.          The Three Kings
N OW is Christemas y-come, Father and Son together in one, Holy Ghost us be on
In fere-a ; God send us a good New Year-a!
II I would you sing, for and I might, Of a Child is fair in sight; His mother him bare this endris night So still-a, And as it was his will-a.
in There came three Kings from Galilee Into Bethlehem, that fair citie, To seek to Him that e'er should be By right-a Lord and king and knight-a.
IV As they came forth with their off'ring, They met with Herod that moody king ; He asked them of their coming This tide-a, And this to them he said-a.
V ' Of whence be ye, you Kinges three ? '— ' Of the East, as you may see, To seek to Him that should ever be By right-a Lord and king and knight-a.'—
In fere] in company.          endris] last.
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