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Gil Moerice was an erles son,
His name it waxed wide: It was nae for his great riches,
Nor zet his miekle pride; Bot it was for a lady gay «
That liv'd on Carron side.
" Quhair sail I get a bonny boy, That will win hose and shoen;
That will gae to Lord Barnard's ha',
And bid his lady cum ? 10
" And ze maun rin my errand, Willie,
And ze may rin wi' pride; Quhen other boys gae on their foot,
On horseback ze sail ride."
" 0 no! 0 no! my master dear! u
I dare nae for my life ; I '11 no gae to the bauld barons,
For to triest furth his wife."
6. The stall copies of the ballad complete the stanza thus:
IBs fact was fair, ktng was his hair,
In the wild woods he staid; But his fame was for a fair lady
That lived on Carronside.
Which is no injudicious interpolation, inasmuch as it is founded upon the traditions current among the vulgar, regarding GilMorice's comelyface and long yellow hair. Motherweli,.