The English And Scottish Popular Ballads

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201A: Bessy Bell and Mary Gray


201A.1	 O BESSIE BELL and Mary Gray,
	 They war twa bonnie lasses;
	 They bigget a bower on yon burn-brae,
	 And theekit it oer wi rashes.
201A.2	 They theekit it oer wi rashes green,
	 They theekit it oer wi heather;
	 But the pest cam frae the burrows-town,
	 And slew them baith thegither.
201A.3	 They thought to lye in Methven kirk-yard,
	 Amang their noble kin;
	 But they maun lye in Stronach haugh,
	 To biek forenent the sin.
201A.4	 And Bessy Bell and Mary Gray,
	 They war twa bonnie lasses;
	 They biggit a bower on yon burn-brae,
	 And theekit it oer wi rashes.

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