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"His color, which is browne and blacke,
Itt will make redd and whyte;
That sworde is not in all Englande
Upon his coate will byte.

"And you shal be a harper, brother,
Out of the north countrye,
And Ile be your boy, soe faine of fighte,
And beare your harpe by your knee.

"And you shal be the best harper

That ever tooke harpe in hand,

And I wil be the best singer
That ever sung in this lande.

"Itt shal be written in our forheads,
All and in grammarye,

That we towe are the boldest men
That are in all Christentye."

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Saies, "Sell me thy harpe, thou proud always, is interested chiefly in events and not in

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character, you are able in this ballad to tell something about the heroine, the hero, the girl's father, and the unpopular suitor. You can also distinguish between the lover and his brother. Pick out the words and phrases that give you information on these points.

2. Note the spirit and zest with which the story is told. Point out the successive steps in the development of the plot. In what scenes do you see or make a picture of what is happening?

3. Point out examples of conventional ballad words and phrases.

4. Are there any instances of humor in this ballad? Is humor frequently found in ballads?

5. Note that the return of the lover disguised as a harper and the battle in the hall in which the unwelcome suitor is killed are details closely similar to the story of Ulysses's return to his home and his battle with the suitors of Penelope. Observe also the introduction of "gramarye," or magic.

6. Some details of social life and customs may be noted, as for example driving the horse into the great hall. Why does the King of Spain object? Find other passages which reflect the manners of the time.

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