Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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62
THE HEIK OF LINNE.
But John is become a gentel-man, And John has gott both gold and fee.
Saye's, " "Welcome, welcome, Lord of Linne, z« Let nought disturb thy merry cheere;
Iff thou wilt sell thy landes soe broad, Good store of gold He give thee heere."
" My gold is gone, my money is spent;
My lande nowe take it unto thee:                      so
Give me the golde, good John o' the Scales,
And thine for aye my lande shall bee."
Then John he did him to record draw, And John he cast him a gods-pennie;
But for every pounde that John agreed,                35
The lande, i-wis, was well worth three.
He told him the gold upon the borde, He was right glad his land to winne;
" The gold is thine, the land is mine,
And now He be the lord of Linne."                  *>
Thus he hath sold his land soe broad, Both hill and holt, and moore and fenne,
84. i. e. earnest-money; from the French denier & Dim. At this day, when application is made to the Dean and Chap­ter of Carlisle to accept an exchange of the tenant tinder one of their leases, a piece of silver is presented, by the new tenant, which is still called a God's-penny. Pkkct.