Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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"An allusion to it likewise occurs in Parrot's Laquei Ridiculosi, or Springes for Woodcocks; Lon­don, 1613.
" Owenus wondreth since he came to Wales, What the description of this is]e should be, That nere had seen but mountains, hills, and dales,
Vet would he boast, and stand on pedigree, From Eice ap Richard, sprung from Dick a Cow, Be cod, was right gud gentleman, look ye now!"
Epigr. 76.—Scott.
Now Liddisdale has lyan lang in,
There is nae riding there at a'; The horses are grown sae lidder fat,
They downa stur out o' the sta'.
Then Johnie Armstrong to Willie can say— «
" Billie, a riding then we'll gae; England and us has been lang at a feid;
Ablins we'll hit on some bootie."
Then they're com'd on to Hutton Ha',
They rade the proper place about;                   io
But the laird he was the wiser man, For he had left nae gear without.
Then he had left nae gear to steal,
Except sax sheep upon a lee: Quo' Johnie—" I'd rather in England die,            »
Ere thir sax sheep gae t' Liddisdale wi' me.

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