Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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Then in at Kookhope-head they came,
And there they thought tul a had their prey, so
But they were spy'd coming over the Dry-rig, Soon upon Saint Nicolas' day.
Then in at Kookhope-head they came,
They ran the forest but a mile; They gather'd together in four hours                     a
Six hundred sheep within a while.
And horses I trow they gat,
But either ane or twa, And they gat them all but ane
That belang'd to great Eowley.                           90
That Eowley was the first man that did them
With that he raised a mighty cry; The cry it came down Eookhope burn, And spread through "Weardale hasteyly.
Then word came to the bailiff's house                  «
At the East-gate, where he did dwell;
62. The 6th of December.
66. Now a straggling village so called; originally, it would seem, the gate-house, or ranger's lodge, at the east entrance of Stanhope-park. At some distance from this place is West-gate, so called for a similar reason.Ritson.
The mention of the bailiff's house at the East-gate is (were such a proof wanting) strongly indicative of the authenticity of the ballad. The family of Emerson of East-gath, a fief,

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