Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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274                    LANG JOHNNY MOIE.
" Whan ye come whar grass grows green,
Slack your shoes and rin ;                                               s>
And whan ye come whar water's strong, Ye'll bend your bow and swim.
"And whan ye come to Benachie,
Ye'll neither chap nor ca'; Sae well's ye'll ken auld Johnny there,                        65
Three feet abeen them a'.
" Ye'll gie to him this braid letter,
Seal'd wi' my faith and troth; And ye'll bid him bring alang wi' him
The body, Jock o' Noth."                                               so
" Whan he came whar grass grew green,
He slack't his shoes and ran ; And whan he came whar water's strong,
He bent his bow and swam.
And whan he came to Benachie,                                      as
Did neither chap nor ca'; Sae well's he kent auld Johnny there,
Three feet abeen them a'.
" What news, what news, my little wee boy ?
Ye never were here before;"                               70
" Nae news, nae news, but a letter from
Your nephew, Johnny Moir.
" Ye'll take here this braid letter,
Seal'd wi' his faith and troth; And ye're bidden bring alang wi' you                           75
The body, Jock o' Noth."

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