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Unhappy Love                         47
4    "What if I am Lord Valley's wife? The Lord is not at home,
He's gone to the north part of Scotland tonight, And I must lie alone."
5    Little McGrew stood by their side, These words he heard them say.
"If it cause my life and cause my death, My master shall know what they say."
6    And htde McGrew took to his heels, Took to his heels, and he ran Untd he came to the wide waters; He jumped in and he swam.
7    And when he reached the other side, He wrang his clothes and he ran Until he came to King Henry's door. He rapped so loud that it rang.
8    And when he reached King Henry's door, He tingled so loud at the ring
There were none so willing as Lord Valley himself To arise and let young McGrew in.
9    "O young McGrew, what brings you here? O what are the tidings you've brung?
Are some of my castle walls torn down, Or some of my victories won?"
10    "There are none of your castle walls torn down, There is none of your victories won;
But little Ned Grove is at home with your wife, The like before never was known."
11    "Now if this be a lie you are telling to me, Which I suppose it to be,
A scaffold I'll build in fair Scodand And hanged you shall be."
12    "Now if this be a lie I am telling to thee, Which you all suppose it to be,
Don't go to the trouble of building a scaffold, But hang me upon a tree."

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