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OF THE FAIR DODHEAD. 107
He pled wi' the Captain to hae his gear,
Or else revenged he wad be. 20
The Captain turned him round and leugh ;
Said—" Man, there's naething in thy house, But ae auld sword without a sheath,
That hardly now would fell a mouse."
The sun wasna up, but the moon was down, 25 It was the gryming of a new-fa'n snaw,
Jamie Telfer has run ten myles a-foot,
Between the Dodhead and the Stobs's Ha'.
And when he cam to the fair tower yate,
He shouted loud, and cried weel hie, so
Till out bespak auld Gibby Elliot—
" Whae's this that brings the fraye to me ? "
" It's I, Jamie Telfer, o' the fair Dodhead,
And a harried man I think I be; There's naething left at the fair Dodhead, 35
But a waefu' wife and bairnies three."
" Gae seek your succour at Branksome Ha', For succour ye'se get nane frae me ;
28. Stobs Hall, upon Slitterick, the seat of Sir William, of that clan. Jamie Telfer made his first application here, because he seems to have paid the proprietor of the castle black-mail, or protection money.—S.
87. The ancient family-seat of the Lairds of Buccleuch, near Hawick.—S.