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Bold Archer It was all in the month of June Just as the flowers were in full bloom, A castle was built upon Kensal Green All for to put bold Archer in. O, now our brother in prison do lay Condemned to die is he If I had eleven such brothers as he It's soon the poor prisoner I'd set free. Eleven, says Richard, is little enough Full forty there must be; The chain and the bars will have to be broke Before Bold Archer you can set free. Now ten for to stand by our horses' reins And ten for to guard us round about, And ten for to stand by the castle door And ten for to bring bold Archer out. Now Dickie broke locks and Dickie broke bars Dickie broke everything he could see He took bold Archer under his arm And carried him off most manfully. They mounted their horses, away they did ride Archie, he mounted his horse likewise. They rode till they came to their family And there they dismounted bold and free. And there they ordered the music to play It played so sweet and joyfully And the very first dancer among them all Was bold Archer, whom they set free. CHild #188 From Singing Tradition of the Popular Child Ballads, Bronson RG
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