Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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DICK O' THE COW.
71
Now Dickie's come on for Pudding-burn,
"Where there were thirty Armstrongs and three.
" 0 what's this com'd o' me now ? " quo' Dickie; es " What meikle wae's this happen'd o' me ? quo' he;
Where here is but ae innocent fool,
And there is thirty Armstrongs and three!"
Yet he's com'd up to the ha' amang them a', Sae weil he's became his curtesie! .              ?o
" Weil may ye be, my good Laird's Jock! But the de'il bless a' your companie.
" I'm come to 'plain o' your man, fair Johnie Armstrong,
And syne o' his billie Willie," quo' he ; " How they hae been i' my house the last night, 7s
And they hae tane my three ky frae me."
Quo' Johnie Armstrong, " We will him hang;" " Na then," quo' Willie, " we'll him slae ;"
But up and bespake anither young man,
" We'll gie 'im his batts, and let him gae." sc
Then up and bespake the good Laird's Jock, The best falla in a' the companie ;
The ruins at present form a sheep-fold on the farm of Reids-moss, belonging to the Duke of Buccleuoh__S.