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THE BROOM OF COWDENKNOWS.
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, iii. 37. For other versions, see Bonny May, Herd's Scottish Songs, i. 159, and Johnson's Museum, p. 113; Broom o' the Cowden-knowes, Buchan, i. 172; Laird of Ochiltree, Kinloch, 160 ; Laird of Lochnie, Kinloch, 167.
• -0 the broom, and the bonny bonny broom, And the broom of the Cowdenknows ! And aye sae sweet as the lassie sang, I' the bought, milking the ewes.
The hills were high on ilka side, »
An' the bought i' the lirk o' the hill,
And aye, as she sang, her voice it rang, Out o'er the head o' yon hill.
There was a troup o' gentlemen
Came riding merrilie by, io
And one of them has rode out o' the way,
To the bought to the bonny may.