Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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THE BARON OF BKACKXET.              189
Fuddle ! is still a popular proverb, implying that the devil could alone keep his own part with him. This singular marauder, it appears, from authentic infor­mation, wished at first to argue the point at issue with the Baron of Brackley; but in the course of the altercation some expression from one of the parties occasioned a mutual discharge of fire-arms, by which Brackley and three of his followers fell. An attempt was made by the baron's friends to bring Fuddie to justice; but the case seems to have been justly con­sidered one of chance medley, and the accused party was soon restored to society.—The Scottish Ballads, p. 147.
Down Dee side came Inverey whistling and
playing; He's lighted at Brackley yates at the day dawing.
Says, " Baron o' Brackley, 0 are ye within ? There's sharp swords at the yate will gar your blood spin."
The lady raise up, to the window she went; s She heard her kye lowing o'er hill and o'er bent.
" 0 rise up, ye baron, and turn back your kye; For the lads o' Drumwharran are driving them bye."
" How can I rise, lady, or turn them again ! Whare'er I have ae man, I wat they hae ten." m

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