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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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