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" There lived a wife at Usher's Well, And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout and stalwart sons, And sent them oer the sea. They hadna been a week from her, A week but barely ane, When word came to the carline wife That her three sons were gane. "
The Complete Works of Sir Walter Scott: With a Biography, and His Last ... - Page 165
by Walter Scott - 1833
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The Spirit of Man: An Anthology in English & French from the Philosophers ...

Robert Bridges - 1916 - 336 pages
...sang to inarticulate moan Among her wildering whorls, forgetting him. THERE lived a wife at Usher's well, And a wealthy wife was she ; She had three stout...her, A week but barely ane, When word came to the carlin wife That her three sons were gane. They hadna been a week from her A week but barely three,...
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English Literature

Julian Willis Abernethy - 1916 - 585 pages
...fourth verses rhymed. Here, for example, is a typical ballad stanza: There lived a wife at Usher's Well, And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout and stalwart sons, And sent them o'er the sea. Repetitions, interjections, and refrain characterize the oldest ballads, which were often so formed...
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A Book of English Literature, Selected and Ed, Volume 1

Franklyn Bliss Snyder, Robert Grant Martin - 1916 - 889 pages
...Well, And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout and stalwart sons, And sent them oer the sea. 2. e whatever Power 955 Or Spirit of the nethermost Abyss Might in that noise re carline3 wife That her three sons were gane. 3. They hadna been a week from her, A week but barely...
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A Book of Ballads, Old and New

Guido Hermann Stempel - 1917 - 329 pages
...Well, And a wealthy wife was she ; She had three stout and stalwart sons, And sent them o'er the sea. 2 They hadna been a week from her, A week but barely...to the carline wife That her three sons were gane. 3 They hadna been a week from her, A week but barely three, When word came to the carline wife That...
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Chaucer to Donne

Thomas Humphry Ward - 1918
...USHER'S WELL. [Sometimes printed as part of The Three Clerks o Ows.enford.} There lived a wife at Usher's Well, And a wealthy wife was she ; She had three stout...to the carline wife, That her three sons were gane. ... '.... i.. ' fUliir.i, They hadna been a week from her, A week but barely three, Whan word...
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A Critical History of English Literature, Vol. 1, Volume 1

David Daiches - 1979 - 245 pages
...extraordinary pitch of tension. Repetitions often have something of an incantatory effect in the ballads: They hadna been a week from her, A week but barely ane, When word came back to the carh'ne wife That her three sons were gane. They hadna been a week from her, A week but...
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Chief British Poets of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries: Selected Poems

William Allan Neilson, Kenneth Grant Tremayne Webster - 1916 - 442 pages
...na sooner down Than ay it is full weet.' 60 THE WIFE OF USHER'S WELL 1 THERE lived a wife at Usher's Well, And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout and slalwart sons And sent them oer the sea. 2 They Iiadna been a week from her, A week but barely ane,...
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Lyrics of the Middle Ages: An Anthology

James J. Wilhelm - 1990 - 341 pages
...again! E. SCOTTISH-ENGLISH BALLADS [291] The Wife of Usher's Well 1. There lived a wife at Usher's Well, And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout and stalwart sons, And sent them o'er the sea. 2. They hadna been a week from her, A week but barely one, Whan word came to the carlin wife That her...
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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - 1992 - 1132 pages
... 18) AIW; AmFP; ErPo; ErPo; OBET; OxNR The Wife of Usher's Well 306 There lived a wife at Usher's h way shall I (1. 14) 307 The cock doth craw, the day doth daw, The channerin worm doth chide; Gin we be mist...
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Mothersongs: Poems For, By, and about Mothers

Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar, Diana O'Hehir - 1995 - 380 pages
...gasped Oh, what a livid boon! EMILY DICKINSON The Wife of Usher's Well There lived a wife at Usher's Well, And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout...her, A week but barely ane, When word came to the carlin wife That her three sons were gane. They hadna' been a week from her, A week but barely three,...
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