Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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78
DICK 0' THE COW.
" If that be true thou to me tells,
(I trow thou dare na tell a lie,) I'll gi' thee twenty punds for the good horse,
"Weil tel'd in thy cloak lap shall be.                  200
" And I'll gi' thee ane o' my best milk-ky, To maintain thy wife and children three;
And that may be as good, I think, As ony twa o' thine might be."
" The shame speed the liers, my lord!" quo' Dickie;                                                         
" Trow ye aye to make a fool 0' me ? I'll either hae thirty punds for the good horse,
Or he's gae t' Mortan fair wi' me."
He's gi'en him thirty punds for the good horse, All in goud and good monie;                              210
He has gi'en him ane o' his best milk-ky, To maintain his wife and children three.
Then Dickie's came down through    Carlisle town, E'en as fast as he might drie:
The first o' men that he met with,                        as
Was my Lord's brother, Bayliff    Glozen-
burrie.                                                           >
" Weil may ye be, my gude Ealph Scroope! " " Welcome, my brother's fool! " quo' he :