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2. :eAs I sat on the deep sea sand, I saw a fair ship nigh at land.
I waved my wings, I bent my beak, The ship sunk and I heard a shriek. There they lie one, two and three. 1 shall dine by the wild salt sea."
3. "Come, I will show ye a sweeter sight, A lonesome glen, and a new-slain knight. His blood yet on the grass is hot,
His sword half drawn, his shafts unshot,
And no one kens that he lies there
But his hawk, his hound, and his lady fair.
4. "His hound is to the hunting gane, His hawk to fetch the wild fowl hame, His lady's away with another mate; So we shall make our dinner sweet; Our dinner's sure, our feasting free; Come, and dine by the greenwood tree.
5. "Ye shall sit on his white hause-bane1 I will pick out his boury2 blue 'een; Ye'll take a tress of his yellow hair
To theak3 yere nest when it grows base; The gowden4 down on his young chin Will do to sew my young ones in.
6. "Oh, cauld and base5 will his bed be When winter storms sing in the tree. At his head a turf, at his feet a stone.
He will sleep, nor hear the maiden's moan. O'er his white bones, the birds shall fly, The wild deer bound, and foxes cry."
1 Neck Bone.
2 For Bonny. Cunningham has "bony.'*
3  Thatch.
4  Golden.
3 Mistake for hare as also in stanza 5, line 4.

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