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

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' Was I not yesterday at Newcastell
That stands so fair on Tyne ? For all the men the Percy had
He could not gar me to dine.'
He stepp'd out at his pavilion-door
To look an it were lease : Array you, lordings, one and all!
For here begins no peace.
xxv ' The Earl of Menteith, thou art my erne,
The vaward I give to thee: The Earl of Huntley, cante and keen,
Take him to go with thee, xxvi ' The Lord of Buchan, in armure bright,
On the other side he shall be; Lord Johnstone and Lord Maxwell
They two shall go with me.
' Swynton, fair fall upon your pride!
To battle make you bowne.— Sir Davy Scott, Sir Walter Steward,
Sir John of Agerstone !'
The Percy came before his host,
He was ever a gentil knight: Upon the Douglas loud can he cry
' I will hold that I have hyght.'
gar me to dine] give me my fill, entertain me (at fighting), lease] leasing, falsehood.        erne] uncle. vaward] vanguard,
cante] spirited.         bowne] ready.        that I have hyght] what
I have promised.
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