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82 GR-ffilHE AND BEWICK.
'' My father's gane to Carlisle town, Wi' your father Bewick there met he:
He says I'm a lad, and I am but bad, And a baffled man I trow I be.
' " He sent me to schools, and I wadna learn ; as - He gae me books, and I wadna read; Sae my father's blessing I'll never earn,
Till he see how my arm can guard my head."
" 0 God forbid, my billie dear,
That ever such a thing suld be ! >°°
"We'll take three men on either side,
And see if we can our fathers agree."
" 0 hald thy tongue, now, billie Bewick,
And of thy talking let me be ! But if thou'rt a man, as I'm sure thou art, ">»
Come o'er the dyke, and fight wi' me."
" But I hae nae harness, billie, on my back, As weel I see there is on thine."—
107-118. Instead of this passage, the Newcastle copy has the following stanzas:—
He flang his cloak from off his shoulders, His psalm-hook from his pouch flang he,
He clapped his hand upon the hedge, And o'er lap he right wantonly.