Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Lord, send us peace into the realm, That every man may live on his own!
I trust to God, if it be his will,
That Weardale men may never be over­thrown.                                                           »
For great troubles they've had in hand,
With borderers pricking hither and thither,
But the greatest fray that e'er they had,
Was with the men of Thirlwall and Willie-haver.
They gather'd together so royally,                          2J
The stoutest men and the best in gear;
And he that rade not on a horse, I wat he rade on a weel-fed mear.
So in the morning, before they came out,
So weel I wot they broke their fast;                  so
In the [forenoon they came] unto a bye fell, Where some of them did eat their last.
When they had eaten aye and done,
They say'd some captains here needs must be: Then they choosed forth Harry Corbyl,                as
And ' Symon Fell,' and Martin Ridley.
81. This would be about eleven o'clock, the usual dinner-hour in that period.—Ritsom.

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