Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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The swapte togethar tyll the both swat, With swordes that wear of fyn myllan.
Thes worthe freckys for to fyght,
Ther-to the wear full fayne,                                »
Tyll the bloode owte off thear basnetes sprente,
As ever dyd heal or rayne.
" Holde the, Perse," sayde the Doglas,
" And i' feth I shall the brynge Wher thowe shalte have a yerls wagis                  35
Of Jamy our Scottish kynge.
" Thoue shalte have thy ransom fre,
I hight the hear this thinge, For the manfullyste man yet art thowe,
That ever I conqueryd in filde fightyng." «
" Nay," sayd the lord Perse,
" I tolde it the beforne, That I wolde never yeldyde be
To no man of a woman born."
With that ther cam an arrowe hastely,                 «
Forthe off a myghtte wane; Hit hathe strekene the yerle Duglas
In at the brest bane.
32. ran.                   33. helde.                     36. Scottih.
45. a narrowe. So again in v. 83, and a nowar in v. 96. This transference of final n to the succeeding word is of common occurrence in old poetry.

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