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KINMONT WILLIE. 63
" We go to cateh a rank reiver,
Has broken faith wi' the bauld Buccleuch."
" Where are ye gaun, ye mason lads,
Wi' a' your ladders lang and hie ? " so
" We gang to herry a corbie's nest,
That wons not far frae Woodhouselee."
" Where be ye gaun, ye broken men ? " Quo' fause Sakelde ; " come tell to me ! "
Now Dickie of Dryhope led that band, »
And the nevir a word of lear had he.
" Why trespass ye on the English side ?
Row-footed outlaws, stand ! " quo' he; The nevir a word had Dickie to say,
Sae he thrust the lance through his fause bodie. 100
Then on we held for Carlisle toun,
And at Staneshaw-bank the Eden we cross'd; The water was great and meikle of spait,
But the nevir a horse nor man we lost.
And when we reach'd the Staneshaw-bank, 103 The wind was rising loud and hie ;
And there the Laird garr'd leave our steeds, For fear that they should stamp and nie.
102. Eden has been substituted for Eske, the latter name being inconsistent with geography.—S.