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'ENGLISH SONGS AND BALLADS' must not be regarded as a choice,' but simply as a bringing together of poetical pieces which are, presumably, well known to the average person,—that is to say, the compiler has endeavoured to illustrate the general taste rather than his own preference.

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Hame, hame, hame, hame fain wad I be,

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Hark! now everything is still,

Hark, hark, the lark at Heaven's gate sings,
He is gone on the mountain,

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Her arms across her breast she laid,
Here, a sheer hulk, lies poor Tom Bowling,
Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee,
Here's a health unto His Majesty,
Here's to the maiden of bashful fifteen,
Hide me, O twilight air,

Home they brought her warrior dead,
Ho! why dost thou shiver and shake,
How should I your true love know,

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I come, I come! ye have called me long,

I knew an old wife lean and poor,
I lov'd a lass, a fair one,

I'm lonesome since I cross'd the hill,

I'm sitting on the stile, Mary,

In going to my naked bed,

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In Wakefield there lives a jolly pinder,

I sprang to the stirrup, and Joris, and he,
Is there for honest poverty,

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