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KINMONT WILLIE. 61
" And have they ta'en him, Kinmont Willie,
Against the truce of Border tide, And forgotten that the bauld Buccleuch
Is keeper here on the Scottish side ?
" And have they e'en ta'en him, Kinmont Willie, «
Withouten either dread or fear, And forgotten that the bauld Buccleuch
Can back a steed, or shake a spear ?
" 0 were there war between the lands,
As well I wot that there is none, 50
I would slight Carlisle castell high,
Though it were builded of marble stone.
" I would set that castell in a low,
And sloken it with English blood ! There's never a man in Cumberland, m
Should ken where Carlisle castell stood.
" But since nae war's between the lands, And there is peace, and peace should be;
I'll neither harm English lad or lass,
And yet the Kinmont freed shall be!" co
He has call'd him forty Marchmen bauld,
I trow they were of his ain name, Except Sir Gilbert Elliot, call'd
The Laird of Stobs, I mean the same.