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' It is a leal maiden that lies by thee, But not the maiden that it should be.'
Then out he sprang o' his bridal bed, And wrathfully his claiths on did :
And he has ta'en him through the ha', And on his mother he did ca'.
; I am the most unhappy man That ever was in Christen land :
' I courted a maiden meik and mild,
And I've gat but a woman great wi' child.'—
' O stay, my son, into this ha', And sport ye wi' your merry men a'.
' And I'll gang to your painted bour, To see how it fares wi' your paramour.'
The carline queen was stark and Strang She gar'd the door flee aff the ban.
' O is your bairn to laird or loun, Or is it to your father's groom ?'—
' O hear me, mother, on my knee, Till my sad story I tell to thee.
carline] old woman. ban] band, hinge. laird or loun]
squire or common fellow.