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Jamieaon'a Popular BaUads, ii. 191. From the recitation of Mrs. Brown.
" How brent's your brow, my Lady Elspat ?
How gouden yellow is your hair ? O' a' the maids o' fair Scotland,
There's nane like Lady Elspat fair."
" Perform your vows, sweet William," she says, « " The vows which ye ha' made to me ;
And at the back o' my mither's castell, This night I'll surely meet wi' thee."
But wae be to her brother's page,
That heard the words thir twa did say; 10 He's tald them to her lady mither,
Wha wrought sweet William mickle wae.
For she has ta'en him, sweet William,
And she's gar'd bind him wi' his bow string,
Till the red bluid o' his fair body u
Frae ilka nail o' his hand did spring.
O it fell ance upon a time That the Lord-justice came to town;
Out has she ta'en him, sweet William, Brought him before the Lord-justice boun'. a>