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AFFECTIONATE KISSES

wriggle in the grass. However, the knight Jennus comes:

It was the brave knight Jennus;
Forth to the greenwood he hies.
As o'er the grass he rideth,
A little snake he espies.

It was the brave knight Jennus;
Over his saddle he lay.
He kissed the little serpent;
A maiden it turned straightway.

It was the brave knight Jennus;
Troth to the maid he did plight.
He bade them keep his wedding
For both with much delight.

W. F. H.

In another ballad the maiden has been turned by her stepmother into a lime-tree, and makes her moan:

She changed me into a lime-tree, and
She bade me e'en in the greenwood stand.

She bade me stand and hope for no bote,
Until a king's son should kiss my root.

Here have I tarried for years full five,
Nor kissed me has any king's son alive.

Here have I tarried for years now ten,
Nor has a king's son kissed me since then.

W. F. H.

But at last the hour of her freedom arrives;