A Collection of Ballads

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Author: Andrew Lang
Language: English
Wordcount: 48,686 / 148 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 835
mnybks.net#: 4216
Genre: Poetry
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or Child. It is to be hoped that some pupil of his may complete the task in his sense, if, indeed, he has left it
unfinished.

Ballad: Sir Patrick Spens

(Border Minstrelsy.)

The king sits in Dunfermline town,
Drinking the blude-red wine o:
"O whare will I get a skeely skipper
To sail this new ship of mine o?"

O up and spake an eldern-knight,
Sat at the king's right knee:
"Sir Patrick Spens is the best sailor
That ever saild the sea."

Our king has written a braid letter,
And seald it with his hand,
And sent it to Sir Patrick Spens,
Was walking on the strand.

"To Noroway, to Noroway,
To Noroway oer the faem;
The king's daughter of Noroway,
'Tis thou maun bring her hame."

The first word that Sir Patrick read,
Sae loud, loud laughed he;
The neist word that Sir Patrick read,
The tear blinded his ee.

"O wha is this has done this deed,
And tauld the king o me,
To send us out, at this time of the year,

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