Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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178            THE BATTLE OF OTTERBUKN.
He has chosen the Lindsays light,                           s
With them the gallant Gordons gay,
And the Earl of Fyfe, withouten strife, And Sir Hugh Montgomery upon a grey.
They hae taken Northumberland,
And sae hae they the North-shire,                    10
And the Otter-dale, they burnt it hale,
And set it a' into the fire.
Out then spack a bonny boy, That serv'd ane o' Earl Douglas kin,
" Methinks I see an English host,                          is
A-coming branken us upon."
" If this be true, my little boy,
An it be troth that thou tells me, The brawest bower in Otterburn
This day shall be thy morning fee.                    ac
" But if it be false, my little boy, But and a lie that thou tells me,
13. At this place a recited copy, quoted by Finlay {Scottish Ballads, I. p. xviii.), has the following stanzas:
Then out an spak a little wee boy,
And he was near o' Percy's kinj " Methinks I see the English host,
A-comingbranking tis upon;
Wi' nine waggons scaling wide,
And seven banners bearing high; It wad do any living gude
To see their bonny colours fly.