Heroic Ballads of Servia

Heroic Ballads of Servia

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...the bringer of the bride: "0 thou, the bringer of the bride, give me thy sister dear One night for my love. Thou shalt have therefor three bootsfull of ducats here." Thereupon Stevan Zemlyich was finally cajoled To give the doge his sister for three bootsfull of yellow gold. Stevan took up the ducats and the doge led the maid By the white hand within his tent and softly to her said: "Sit down, sweet bride, that thou and I may fondle each other now." But answered the Bulgarian bride: "A shameful groomsman art thou! 0 Doge of Venice, beneath us the earth will open wide, The heaven will crack above us! What man shall fondle a bride?" The Doge of Venice answered: "Speak not like a fool confessed! 1 have already, dearest, nine christened brides ca ressed, And of wives four and twenty. The earth it gaped not wide, Nor did the heaven crack o'er us. Sit down, let me fondle thee, bride!" But the bride said: "Doge of Venice, my groomsman, barken this. My mother dear adjured me no bearded man to kiss, But a young and beardless hero, such as Prince Marko is." When the Doge of Venice heard it, he called swift barbers there; One bathed him, and the second he shaved him clean and fair. And the lovely bride bowed over in the place where she stood, And picked up the beard and wrapped it in a piece of linen good. Thereafter the Doge of Venice the barbers drove outside, And said unto her softly: "Now sit thee down, sweet bride!" Then answered the Bulgarian girl: "When Marko of this shall hear, Three heads, O Doge, my groomsman, from our bodies he will shear." The doge said unto the sweet bride: "Speak not so foolishly! There in the midst of the wooers is Marko plain to see, Where his fair white pavilion he did himself unfold. Upon the summit of the tent is an apple...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236669746
  • 9781236669742