Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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94
BILLIE ARCHIE.
BILLIE ARCHIE.
Motherwell's Minstrelsy, p. 335.
A North-Country version of the preceding bal­lad. There is another copy in Buchan's larger collec tion, i. Ill, The Three Brothers.
" Seven years have I loved my love, And seven years my love's loved me,
But now to-morrow is the day
That Billie Archie, my love, must die."
Out then spoke him Little Dickie,                         »
And still the best fellow was he; " Had I but five men and mysell,
Then we would borrow Billie Archie."
Out it spoke him Caff o' Lin,
And still the worst fellow was he ;                  10
" Ye shall have five men and yoursell,
And I will bear you companie.
" We will not go like to dragoons, Nor yet will we like grenadiers;
But we will go like corn-dealers,                           is
And lay our brechams on our meares.