Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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380                  BONDSEY AND MAISRY.
The youngest brother he stepped in,
Took's sister by the hand; Said, " Here she is, my sister Maisry,
Wi' the hinny draps on her chin.                      20
" 0 if I were in some bonny ship,
And in some strange countrie, For to find out some conjurer,
To gar Maisry speak to me!"
Then out it speaks an auld woman,                      2*
As she was passing by; ' " Ask of your sister what you want, And she will speak to thee."
" O sister, tell me who is the man,
That did your body win ?                                    so
And who is the wretch, tell me, likewise,
That threw you in the lin ? "
" O Bondsey was the only man
That did my body win ; And likewise Bondsey was the man                     35
That threw me in the lin."
" O will we Bondsey head, sister ?
Or will we Bondsey hang ? Or will we set him at our bow end, Lat arrows at him gang ? "                                   40
" Te winna Bondsey head, brothers,
Nor will ye Bondsey hang; But ye'll take out his twa grey e'en,
Make Bondsey blind to gang.

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