Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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CATHERINE JOHNSTONE.
35
He ask'd her father and mother,
As I do hear them say; But he never ask'd the lass hersell,
Till on her wedding day.                                   20
But she has wrote a long letter,
And sealed it with her hand; And sent it to Lord Lamington,
To let him understand.
The first line o' the letter he read,                   a
He was baith glad and fain; But or he read the letter o'er,
He was baith pale and wan.
Then he has sent a messenger,
And out through all his land;                        30
And four-and-twenty armed men
Was all at his command.
But he has left his merry men all,
Left them on the lee; And he's awa to the wedding house,                a
To see what he could see.
But when he came to the wedding house,
As I do understand, There were four-and-twenty belted knights
Sat at a table round.                                           40







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