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a Tale from the Cornish, and Other Ballads

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Author: George Borrow
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,766 / 18 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 446
Added to site: 2009.05.15 24163
Genre: Poetry

Signelil -- A tale from the Cornish -- Sir Verner and Dame Ingeborg -- The Heddeby spectre -- From Goudeli -- Peasant songs of Spain.

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My gallant young master has led me astray."

"And if the young noble has led thee astray,
Say, what gave he thee for thy virtue in pay?"

"He gave to me shoes were gold spangled all o'er,
And them have I worn with affliction so sore.

"He gave to me also of silk a soft shift,
And with sorrow most painful I've worn the fair gift.

"He gave me, Christ sain him! a gold ring so fine,
Whose match I can see on no finger of thine."

"But what will avail thee his presents of price,
If he thee will not wed before God and men's eyes?"

"O, he to espouse me so often has vowed,
And rich presents beside upon me has bestowed."

"What will his vows help thee in secrecy spoke?
To many a maid them he has made and has broke."

"O, I on the gold harp will play me a tune,
And the knight to his presence will summon me soon."

With her fingers so tapering she struck the first chord,
That heard, as he dozed in his bed, the young lord.

The gallant young lord to his waiting-boy said:
"Go straight, and call hither my mother's fair maid."

The bedside he stroked with so gentle an air:
"Dear heart, sit thee down, for thy weight it will bear."

"O no, by the Saints, I wil



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