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[The following is the version of the ballad in the Percy Folio, which is entitled Captaine Carre. Bishop Percy's Folio MS., ed. J. W. Hales and F. J. Furnivall, 1867, vol. i., pp. 79-83.
ffaith, Master, whither you will,
But yonder stands a Castle faire,
is made of lyme and stone, Yonder is in it a fayre lady,
her lord is ridden and gone.
The lady stood on her castle wall,
she looked upp and downe, She was ware of an hoast of men
came rydinge towards the townc.
See you not my merry men all,
and see you not what I doe see? Methinks I see a hoast of men
I muse who they shold be.
She thought it had beene her lovly Lord,
They had noe sooner super sett,
Give over thy house, thou lady gay
I will make thee a band [i. e. bond] all night within mine armes thoust lye,
to-morrow be the heyre of my land.
Ile not give over my house, shee said
nor yet for traitor Captaine Carre,
But reach me my pistoll pee [i. e. piece]
Ile shoote at the bloody bucher
the lord of westerton.
But when he looket this writing on,
[ printed London in the edition of the MS.]
Buff yee, bowne yee, my merry men all with tempered swords of steele, for till I have found out Captaine Carre, My hart it is nothing weele.
But when he came to dractons Borrow, soe long ere it was day, and ther he found him, Captaine Carre; that night he ment to stay.]
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THE END OF THE FIRST BOOK.
Our great dramatic poet having occasionally quoted many ancient ballads, and even taken the plot of one, if not more, of his plays from among them, it was judged proper to preserve as many of these as could be recovered, and, that they might be the more easily found, to exhibit them in one collective view. This Second Book is therefore set apart for the reception of such ballads as are quoted by Shakespeare, or contribute in any degree to illustrate his writings: this being the principal point in view, the candid reader will pardon the admission of some pieces that have no other kind of merit.