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SIK WILLIAM -WALLACE. 2dl
" What news, what news, ye bold beggar ?
What news hae ye to gie?" " 0 heavy news," the beggar said, m
" I hae to tell to thee.
" There is fyften English sogers,
I heard them in yon inn, Vowing to kill him Wallace;
I fear the chief is slain." 100
" Will ye. change apparell wi' me, auld man ?
Change your apparell for mine ? And when I come this way again,
Ye'll be my ain poor man."
When he got on the beggar's coat, i*
The pike staff in his hand, He's dane him dtfwn to yon tavern,
Where they were drinking wine.
" What news, what news, ye staff beggar ?
What news hae ye to gie ? " ua
" I hae nae news, I heard nae news,
As few I'll hae frae thee."
" I think your coat is ragged, auld man,
But wou'd you wages win, And tell where William Wallace is, m
We'll lay gold in your hand."
VOL. VI. 16