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126 LORD THOMAS AND FAIR ANNET.
" G-if ye wull nevir wed a wife,
A wife wull neir wed yee:" w
Sae he is hame to tell his mither,
And knelt upon his knee.
" O rede, 0 rede, mither," he says, " A gude rede gie to mee :
0 sail I tak the nut-browne bride, 15 And let faire Annet bee ? "
" The nut-browne bride haes gowd and gear,
Fair Annet she has gat nane ; And the little beauty fair Annet has,
0 it wull soon be gane." a>
And he has till his brother gane :
" Now, brother, Tede ye mee; A', sail I marrie the nut-browne bride,
And let fair Annet bee ? "
" The nut-browne bride has oxen, brother, a The nut-browne bride has kye :
1 wad hae ye marrie the nut-browne bride,
And cast fair Annet bye."
" Her oxen may dye i' the house, billie, And her kye into the byre, 3"
And I sail hae nothing to mysell, Bot a fat fadge by the fyre."