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    The Franklin's Maid

    by Arthur Conan Doyle
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    From Songs of Action (1898).

    (From 'The White Company')

    The franklin he hath gone to roam,
    The franklin's maid she bides at home;
    But she is cold, and coy, and staid,
    And who may win the franklin's maid?

    There came a knight of high renown
    In bassinet and ciclatoun;
    On bended knee full long he prayed -
    He might not win the franklin's maid.

    There came a squire so debonair,
    His dress was rich, his words were fair.
    He sweetly sang, he deftly played -
    He could not win the franklin's maid.

    There came a mercer wonder-fine,
    With velvet cap and gaberdine;
    For all his ships, for all his trade,
    He could not buy the franklin's maid.

    There came an archer bold and true,
    With bracer guard and stave of yew;
    His purse was light, his jerkin frayed -
    Haro, alas! the franklin's maid!

    Oh, some have laughed and some have cried,
    And some have scoured the countryside;
    But off they ride through wood and glade,
    The bowman and the franklin's maid.

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