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

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Jesu Christ! our bales bete,
And to the bliss us bring ! This was the Hunting of the Cheviot:
God send us all good ending !
Northumberland Betrayed by
N 'OW list and lithe, you gentlemen, And I'st tell you the veretye, How they have dealt with a banish'd man, Driven out of his owne countrye.
ii When as he came on Scottish ground,
As woe and wonder be them amonge! Full much was there traitorye
They wrought the Erie of Northumberland.
in When they were at the supper set,
Before many goodly gentlemen. They fell a flouting and mocking both,
And said to the Erie of Northumberland:
' What makes you be soe sad, my lord, And in your mind soe sorrowfullye ?
In the north to-morrow there is a shooting, And thither thou'st goe, my Lord Percye.
bales] woes.          bete] better, relieve.
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