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224 AULD MAITLAND.
Then they hae saddled twa black horse,
Twa black horse and a gray; And they are on to King Edward's host,
Before the dawn of day.
"When they arrived before the host, f«
They hover'd on the layŚ " Wilt thou lend me our king's standard,
To bear a little way ? "
" Where wast thou bred ? where wast thou born ?
Where, or in what countrie ? " 9"
" In north of England I was born: "
(It needed him to lie.)
" A knight me gat, a lady bore;
I am a squire of high renowne; I well may bear't to any king, rs
That ever yet wore crowne."
" He ne'er came of an Englishman,
Had sic an ee or bree ; But thou art the likest Auld Maitland,
That ever I did see. 100
" But sic a gloom on ae browhead,
Grant I ne'er see again ! For mony of our men he slew,
And mony put to pain."