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And you may swear, and safe your aith,
Ye saw me na since late yestreen." 20
It was about the midnight hour,
When they asleep were laid, When in and came her seven brothers,
Wi' torches burning red.
When in and came her seven brothers, as
Wi' torches burning bright; They said, " We hae but ae sister,
And behold her lying with a knight!"
Then out and spake the first o' them,
" I bear the sword shall gar him die ! " so
And out and spake the second o' them, " His father has nae mair than he!"
And out and spake the third o' them, " I wot that they are lovers dear!"
And out and spake the fourth o' them, as
" They hae been in love this mony a year !"
20. la Kinloch's version of thi3 ballad we have an additional stanza here:—
-----" Ye'll take me in your arms twa,
Ye'll carry me into yonr bed,
And ye may swear, and save yonr aith,
That in your bour floor I ne'er gae'd."