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OLD BALLAD

Down his neck his reverend lockes
  In comelye curles did wave;
    And on his aged temples grewe
      The blossomes of the grave.
      - [Age]

Jack Whaley had a cow,
  And he had nought to feed her;
    He took his pipe and played a tune,
      And bid the cow consider.
      - old Scotch and north of Ireland ballad
        [Music]

When I was young and had no sense
  I bought a fiddle for eighteen pence,
    And all the tunes that I could play
      Was, "Over the Hills and Far Away."
      - ballad found in the "Pedlar's Pack of Ballads and Songs"
        [Music]

Contented I sit with my pint and my pipe,
  Puffing sorrow and care far away,
    And surely the brow of grief nothing can wipe,
      Like smoking and moist'ning our clay;
        . . . .
          For tho' at my simile many may joke,
            Man is but a pipe--and his life but smoke.
      - Content and a Pipe [Tobacco]

So they grew, and they grew, to the church steeple tops
  And they couldn't grow up any higher;
    So they twin'd themselves into a true lover's knot,
      For all lovers true to admire.
      - Lord Lovel,
        history found in Professor Child's "English and Scottish Popular Ballads", II, 204
        [Love]

Under floods that are deepest,
  Which Neptune obey,
    Over rocks that are steepest,
      Love will find out the way.
      - Love will find out the way,
        found in Percy's "Reliques" [Love]

Love will find out the way.
      - Percy's Reliques [Love]

The king sits in Dunfermline town
  Drinking the blude-red wine.
      - Sir Patrick Spens [Books (First Lines)]


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