A Collection of Old Ballads: Corrected from the Best and Most Ancient Copies Extant ; with Introductions Historical, Critical, Or Humorous ; Illustrated with Copper Plates, Volume 1

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J. Roberts; and sold, 1723 - Ballads, English - 263 pages

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Page 266 - Delight; Her beauty was beyond compare, She was both Virtuous and Fair. There was a young Man living by, Who was so charmed with her Eye, That he could never be at rest, He was by Love...
Page 115 - In faith I will thee bring Where thou shalt high advanced be, By James, our Scottish king. " Thy ransom I will freely give, And this report of thee, Thou art the most courageous knight, That ever I did see.
Page 222 - But if the children chance to die, Ere they to age should come, Their uncle should possess their wealth; For so the will did run. "Now, brother...
Page 225 - Did cover them with leaves. And now the heavy wrath of God Upon their uncle fell ; Yea, fearful fiends did haunt his house, . His conscience felt an hell : His barns were fired, his goods consumed, His lands were barren made, His cattle died within the field, And nothing with him stayed.
Page 12 - The like was never scene. Most curiously that bower was built Of stone and timber strong, An hundered and fifty doors Did to this bower belong : And they so cunninglye contriv'd With turnings round about, That none but with a clue of thread, Could enter in or out.
Page 82 - squires, or lords of renown, Without e'er a foot of free land ; We feast on good cheer, with wine, ale, and beer, And ev'ry thing at our command." Then music and dancing did finish the day ; At length when the sun waxed low, Then all the whole train the grove did refrain, And unto their caves they did go. And so ever after, as long as he liv'd, Altho' he was proper and tall, Yet, nevertheless, the truth to express, Still Little John they did him call.
Page 116 - He had a bow bent in his hand, Made of a trusty tree ; An arrow of a cloth-yard long...
Page 63 - Here with the ladyes such sport they did make, The nobles with laughing did make their sides ake.
Page 89 - And danc'd round about the oke tree ; " For three merry men, and three merry men, And three merry men we be. "And ever hereafter as long as we live, * We three will be as one ; The wood it shall ring, and the old wife sing, Of Robin Hood, Arthur, and John.
Page 223 - You must be father and mother both, And uncle all in one; God knows what will become of them, When I am dead and gone.

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