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28 . EARL ROBERT.
" What news, what news, my bonny boy, What news have ye to me ? so
Is Earl Robert in very good health, And the ladies of your countrie ? "
" 0 Earl Robert's in very good health,
And as weel as a man can be ; But his mother this night has a drink to be druken, 35
And at it you must be."
She called to her waiting-maid,
To bring her a riding weed ; And she called to her stable groom,
To saddle her milk-white steed. 40
But when she came to Earl Robert's bouir,
To the middle of a' the ha', There were bells a ringing and sheets down hinging,
And ladies murning a'.
" I've come for none of his gold," she said, «
" Nor none of his white monie ; Excepting a ring of his smallest finger,
If that you will grant me."
" Thou'll no get none of his gold," she said. " Nor none of his white monie; so