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396 EARL EICHARD.
And he was never sae discreet,
As bid her loup on and ride ; And she was ne'er sae meanly bred,
As for to bid him bide.
And whan they cam to yon water, 25
It was running like a flude; " I've leamt it in my mither's bouer,
I've learnt it for my gude, That I can soum this wan water,
Like a fish in a flude. »
" I've learnt it in my father's bouer,
Ive learnt it for my better, And I will soum this wan water,
As tho' I was ane otter."
" Jump on behind, ye weill-faur'd may, 35
Or do ye chuse to ride ? " " No, thank ye, sir," the lady said,
" I wad rather chuse to wyde;" And afore that he was 'mid-water,
She was at the ither side. 40
" Turn back, turn back, ye weill-faur'd may,
My heart will brak in three;" " And sae did mine, on yon bonnie hill-side,
Whan ye wad na let me be."
" Whare gat ye that gay claithing, 45
This day I see on thee ? " " My mither was a gude milk-nurse,
And a gude nourice was she,