Old English ballads, a selection from Percy, Ritson, and other sources

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Page 139 - Clair. There are twenty of Roslin's barons bold Lie buried within that proud chapelle; Each one the holy vault doth hold— But the sea holds lovely Rosabelle. And each St Clair was buried there, With candle, with book, and with knell ; But the sea-caves rung, and the wild winds sung, The dirge of lovely Rosabelle ! XXIV.
Page 157 - The green-wood path to meet her brother : They sought him east, they sought him west, They sought him all the forest thorough ; They only saw the cloud of night, They only heard the roar of Yarrow...
Page 6 - With fifteen hundred bowmen bold, All chosen men of might, Who knew full well in time of need To aim their shafts aright.
Page 156 - THY braes were bonny, Yarrow stream, When first on them I met my lover ; Thy braes how dreary, Yarrow stream, When now thy waves his body cover ! For ever now, O Yarrow stream ! Thou art to me a stream of sorrow ; For never on thy banks shall I Behold my love, the flower of Yarrow.
Page 75 - then said Robin Hood, " Come tell me without any fail." " By the faith of my body ! " then said the young man,
Page 21 - God knows what will become of them, When I am dead and gone.
Page 104 - In what I did let me be made Example to all men. I will return again, quoth he, Unto my Ragan's court ; She will not use me thus, I hope, But in a kinder sort.
Page 8 - And now with me, my countrymen, Your courage forth advance; For never was there champion yet, In Scotland or in France, "That ever did on horseback come, But if my hap it were, I durst encounter man for man, With him to break a spear." Earl Douglas on his milk-white steed, Most like a baron bold, Rode foremost of his company, Whose armor shone like gold. "Show me...
Page 23 - And work their lives' decay. So that the pretty speech they had, Made murder's heart relent : And they that undertook the deed Full sore did now repent. Yet one of them, more hard of heart, Did vow to do his charge, Because the wretch that hired him Had paid him very large. The other...
Page 19 - And both possest one grave. No love between these two was lost, Each was to other...

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