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

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' Then, my lord, you must get a noble gunner;
One that can set well with his e'e, And sink his pinnace into the sea,
And soon then overcome will he be.
' And when that you have done all this, If you chance Sir Andrew for to board,
Let no man to his topcastle go ;
And I will give you a glass, my lord,
' And then you need to fear no Scot, Whether you sayle by day or by night;
And to-morrow, by seven of the clocke,
You shall meete with Sir Andrew Barton, Knight. '
xxxiv The merchant set Lord Howard a glass
So well apparent in his sight That on the morrow by seven of the clock
He spy'd Sir Andrew Barton, Knight.
xxxv Lord Howard he swore a mighty oath
When he saw his hache-bords dearly dight; i Now by my faith and by my troth,
Yonder proud Scott is a worthy wight.
' Take in your ancients and your standards,
Yea, that no man shall them see, And put me forth a white willow wand,
As merchants use to sayle the sea.'
glass] a lantern to guide the man-of-war's course by the merĀ­chantman's,           ancients] ensigns.
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