English and Scottish Ballads (of 8) Volume IV

English and Scottish Ballads (of 8) Volume IV

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Excerpt: ...former joys are pass'd and gone, For I am now a serving-man." At last the king from hunting came, And presently, upon the same,90 He called for this good old man, And thus to speak the king began: "What news, what news, old man?" quoth he; "What news hast thou to tell to me?" "Brave news," the old man he did say,95 "Sweet William is a lady gay." "If this be true thou tell'st to me I'll make thee lord of high degree; But if thy words do prove a lie, Pg 179 Thou shall be hang'd up presently."100 But when the king the truth had found, His joys did more and more abound: According as the old man did say, Sweet William was a lady gay. Therefore the king without delay105 Put on her glorious rich array, And upon her head a crown of gold, Which was most famous to behold. And then, for fear of further strife, He took Sweet William for his wife:110 The like before was never seen,show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236734173
  • 9781236734174