Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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80                        JOCK O' THE SIDE.
"I wish the neck o' the third horse were broken, For I hae a better o' my ain, if better can be."                                                                                        240
Then Dickie's com'd hame to his wife again,
Judge ye how the poor fool sped ; He has gi'en her three score English punds,
For the three auld co'erlets was tane aff her bed.
" Hae, tak thee these twa as good ky,                   243
I trow, as a' thy three might be; And yet here is [a] white-footed nagie,
I think he'll carry baith thee and me.
" But I may nae langer in Cumberland bide ;
The Armstrongs they'll hang me hie:" aw So Dickie's tane leave at lord and master,
And [at] Burgh under Stanmuir there dwells he.
From Caw's Poetical Museum, p. 145.
The rescue of a prisoner from the hands of justice was a very favourite subject with ballad-makers, and, it is to be feared, no uncommon event in the actual experience of the police of former days. We have in the fifth volume seen how such an affair was conducted

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