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354 JOHN THOMSON AND THE TURK.
When within the hall he came, «
He jooked and couch'd out ower his tree:
" If ye be lady of this hall,
Some of your good bountith gie me."
" What news, what news, palmer," she said, " And from what countrie cam ye ? " so
" I'm lately come from Grecian plains, Where lies some of the Scots armie."
" If ye be come from Grecian plains, Some mair news I will ask of thee,—
Of one of the chieftains that lies there, «
If he has lately seen his gay ladie."
" It is twa months, and something mair, Since we did pairt on yonder plain;
And now this knight has began to fear
One of his foes he has her ta'en." eo
" He has not ta'en me by force nor slight;
It was a' by my ain free will; He may tarry into the fight,
For here I mean to tarry still.
" And if John Thomson ye do see, es
Tell him I wish him silent sleep; His head was not so coziely,
Nor yet sae weel, as lies at my feet."
With that he threw aff his strange disguise, Laid by the mask that he had on ; 70
Said, " Hide me now, my lady fair, For Violentrie will soon be hame."