4 edition of A bundle of ballads found in the catalog.
Bibliographical references included in introd.Limited to 500 copies. No. 46.
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 75 p. :|
|Number of Pages||77|
|2||Companion poets, 2|
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Ever he awaited that gentle knight, Sir Richard at the Lee. "-- "O here am I, a sailor gude, To take the helm in hand, Till you go up to the tall topmast, But I fear you'll ne'er spy land. He made a harp of her breast-bone, Whose sounds would melt a heart of stone; He's ta'en three locks of her yellow hair, And wi' them strung his harp sae fair.
Little John gave the butler such a stroke His back yede nigh in two, Though he lived an hundred winter, The worse he should-e go. " "Welcome be thou, gentle knight, And right welc-ome to me. But me like well your serv-ice, I come again full soon, And shoot at the donn-e deer, As I am wont to doon. my very heart doth bleed For sorrow for thy sake! " "Set fire on the house," said the Sheriff, "Sith it will no better be, And burn we therein William," he said, "His wife and his children three!
" "It is our old manner," said Rob-in, "To leave but little behind. I A bundle of ballads you ben great lord-es two, I am a poor squire of land; I will never see my captain fight on a field, and stand myself and look on; But while I may my weapon wield I will fight both heart and hand. "In thee," quoth he, "doth rest my life; For surely thou shalt be my wife, Or else this hand with bloody knife The gods shall sure suffice!
My dear son, now tell me, O!
Sith it is so, that ye will go, I will not leave behind. " Robin took the forty pound, And departed it in two part-ye, Halfendell he gave his merry men, And bade them merr-y to be. A bundle of ballads Thus was the feast ended with joy and delight, A bridegroom most happy then was the young knight, In joy and felicity long liv-ed he, All with his fair lady, the pretty Bessee. "Leave me not unto a Spaniard, You alone enjoy my heart; I am lovely, young, and tender, Love is likewise my desert: Still to serve thee day and night my mind is prest; The wife of every Englishman is counted blest.
On the 16th of August 1586 the Company of Stationers "Alowed vnto Edward white for his copies these fyve ballades so that they be tollerable:" four only are named, one being "A ballad of William Clowdisley, never printed before. Then bespak-e Little John, To Much he gan say, "I dare lay my life to wed, That these monks have brought our pay.
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" Full hastily our king was dight, So were his knight-es five, Each of them in monk-es weed, And hasted them thither blithe.
" "Fill of the best wine," said Rob-in, "The knight shall begin; Much wonder thinketh me Thy clothing is so thin.