Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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34 THE HUNTING OP THE CHEVIOT.
" I wat youe byn great lordes twaw,
I am a poor squyar of lande; I wyll never se my captayne fyght on a fylde, 95
And stande myselffe, and loocke on, But whyll I may my weppone welde,
I wyll not [fayl] both hart and hande."
That day, that day, that dredfull day!
The first fit here I fynde ;                                   100
And youe wyll here any mor a' the hountyng a' the Chyviat,
Yet ys ther mor behynd.
the' second fit.
The Yngglyshe men hade ther bowys yebent,
Ther hartes were good yenoughe ; The first off arros that the shote off,
Seven skore spear-men the sloughe.
99. " That day, that day, that gentil day," is cited in The Gomplaynt of Scotland, (ii. 101,) not, we imagine, as the title of a ballad (any more than " The Persee and the Mongumrye met," ante, p. 19,) but as a line by which the song containing it might he recalled.
1-4. It is well known that the ancient English weapon was the long-bow, and that this nation excelled all others in archery, while the Scottish warriors chiefly depended on the use of the spear. This characteristic difference never escapes our ancient bard.Perot.







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