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Young Hunting 2 A lady stood in her bower door, In her bower door, she stood She thought she heard a bridle ring That did her body good "Oh light, oh light, Earl Richard," she said, "Oh light and stay all night You shall have cheer and charcoal clear And candles burning bright" "I will not light, I cannot light I cannot light at all A fairer lady than ten of you Is waiting at Richard's hall." "A fairer maid than me," she said, "A fairer maid than me A fairer maid than ten of me You surely shall never see" He stooped from his milk white steed To kiss her rosy cheek She had a pen knife in her hand And wounded him so deep "Oh lie ye there, Earl Richard," she said "Oh lie ye there 'til morn A fairer lady than ten of me Will think long of your coming home." Then up bespoke a little bird That sat upon a tree "Earl Richard had no other love No other love but thee" "Come down, come down, my pretty bird That sits upon the tree, I have a cage of beaten gold I'll give it unto thee." "Keep your cage of gold, Lady, And I will keep my tree As you have done to Earl Richard So would you do to me." "If I had an arrow in my hand And a bow bent on the string I'd shoot a dart at thy proud heart Among the leaves so green." "Look back, look back now, lady fair, On him that loved you well A better man than that blue corpse Ne'er drew sword of steel." Child #68 AB
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