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FAIR ANNIE. 197
" 0 wha was't was your father, Annie, Or wha was't was your mother ?
And had you ony sister, Annie, Or had you ony brother ? "—
" The Earl of Wemyss was my father, no The Countess of Wemyss my mother;
And a' the folk about the house, To me were sister and brother."—
" If the Earl of Wemyss was your father, I wot sae was he mine ; 120
And it shall not be for lack o' gowd, That ye your love sail tyne.
" For I have seven ships o' mine am,
A' loaded to the brim ; And I will gie them a' to thee, 125
Wi' four to thine eldest son. But thanks to a' the powers in heaven
That I gae maiden hame !"