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THE OUTLAW HURRAY. 31
" What news ? What news ?" James Murray said, 185
" Man, frae thy master unto me ? "
" What neids I tell ? for weel ye ken
The King's his mortal enemie; And now he is cuming to Ettricke Foreste,
And landless men ye a' will be." i»
" And, by my trothe," James Murray said, " Wi' that Outlaw will I live and die;
The King has gifted my landis lang syne— It cannot be nae warse wi' me."
The King was cuming thro' Caddon Ford, ws And full five thousand men was he;
They saw the derke Foreste them before, They thought it awsome for to see.
Then spak the lord hight Hamilton,
And to the nobil King said he, aoo
" My sovereign liege, sum council tak,
First at your nobilis, syne at me.
" Desyre him mete thee at Permanscore,
And bring four in his cumpanie ; Five Erles sail gang yoursell befor, a«
Gude cause that you suld honour'd be.
195. A ford on the Tweed, at the mouth of the Caddon Burn, near Yair.—S.