A Collection of Old Ballads: Corrected from the Best and Most Ancient Copies Extant. With Introductions Historical, Critical, Or Humorous..

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J. Roberts ... and sold, 1725 - Ballads, English

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Page 217 - How could you say my face was fair, And yet that face forsake? How could you win my virgin heart, Yet leave that heart to break?
Page 257 - Wi' many good e'ens and days to me, Saying, Goodwife, for your courtesie, Will you lodge a silly poor man ? The night was cauld, the carle was wat, And down ayont the ingle he sat ; My daughter's shoulders he 'gan to clap, And cadgily ranted and sang. O wow ! quo...
Page 216 - So shall the fairest face appear, When youth and years are flown: Such is the robe that kings must wear, When death has reft their crown.
Page 258 - Syne to the servant's bed she gaes, To speer for the silly poor man. She gaed to the bed where the beggar lay, The strae was cauld, he was away, She clapt her hands, cry'd, "VValaday ! For some of our gear will be gane.
Page 189 - We wanted no brawn nor souse. When this old cap was new. We took not such delight In cups of silver fine : None under the degree of a knight In plate drank beer or wine : Now each mechanical man Hath a cupboard of plate for a show ; Which was a rare thing then, When this old cap was new.
Page 258 - Fu' snug in a glen, where nane cou'd see, The twa, with kindly sport and glee, Cut frae a new cheese a whang : The priving was good, it pleas'd them baith, To lo'e her for ay, he gae her his aith. Quo' she, to leave thee I will be laith, My winsome Gaberlunzie-man. O kend my minny I were wi' you, Hl-fardly wad she crook her mou', Sic a poor man she'd never trow, After the Gaberlunzie-man.
Page 196 - Swim in pleasure, and they but look on. Round about horned Lucina they swarmed, And her informed how minded they were; Each god and goddess, to take human bodies, As lords and ladies, to follow the hare. Chaste Diana applauded the motion, And pale...
Page 59 - May-games, Perform'd in young and tender days Can be no hindrance to their fames, Or stains of manhood any ways : But now it is ordain'd by law, We see on May-day's eve at night, To keep unruly youths in awe, By London's watch in armour bright. Still to prevent the like misdeed...
Page 234 - I neither wanted Ew nor Lamb, While his Flock near me lay ; He gather'd in my Sheep at Night, And chear'd me a
Page 58 - With hair hang'd down, she sadly hies, And of her gracious lord requires A boon, which hardly he denies. " The lives," (quoth she), " of all the blooms Yet budding green, these youths I crave ; O, let them not have timeless tombs, For nature longer limits gave!

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