Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE YOUNG TAMLANE.
" They'll turn me in your arms, Janet, An adder and a snake ; But had me fast, let me not pass,
Gin ye wad buy me maik.                       
" They'll turn me in your arms, Janet, An adder and an ask ; They'll turn me in your arms, Janet, A bale that burns fast.
• " They'll turn me in your arms, Janet, i«s A red-hot gad o' airn ; But haud me fast, let me not pass, For I'll do you no harm.
" First dip me in a stand o' milk,
And then in a stand o' water;                   uo
But had me fast, let me not pass— I'll be your bairn's father.
" And, next, they'll shape me in your arms, A tod, but and an eel; But had me fast, nor let me gang,                vs
As you do love me weel.
" They'll shape me in your arms, Janet, A dove, but and a swan ; And, last, they'll shape me in your arms A mother-naked man :                                  ia>







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