Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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TAM-A-LENE, the elfin knicht. (See page 114.)
From Scottish Traditionary Versions of Ancient Ballads, Percy Society, xvii. p. 11.
Take warnin', a' ye ladyes fair,
That wear gowd on your hair; Come never unto Charter-woods,
For Tam-a-line he's there.
Even about that knicht's middle                        s
O' siller bells are nine; Nae ane comes to Charter-woods,
And a may returns agen.
Ladye Margaret sits in her bouir door,
Sewing at her silken seam ;                           w
And she lang'd to gang to Charter woods, To pou the roses green.
She hadna pou'd a rose, a rose,
Nor braken a branch but ane, Till by it came him true Tam-a-line,                is
Says, " Layde, lat alane.
" O why pou ye the rose, the rose ? Or why brake ye the tree ? Or why come ye to Charter-woods, Without leave ask'd of me?"                         20







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