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'And be I a maid, or be I nae,
He kept me there till the close of day:
' And be I a maid or be I nane,
He kept me there till the day was done.
' He gae me a lock o' his yellow hair, And bade me keep it for ever mair:
' He gae me a carknet o' bonny beads, And bade me keep it against my needs.
' He gae to me a gay gold ring, And bade me keep it abune a' thing.
' He gae to me a little pen-knife, And bade me keep it as my life.' —
' What did you wi' the tokens rare That ye got frae that gallant there ?'—
' O bring that coffer here to me, And a' the tokens ye sail see.'
And aye she sought, and aye she flang Until these four things cam' to her hand.
' Now stay here, daughter, your bour within, Till I gae parley with my son.'
carknet] necklace. flang] flung about, rummaged violently. 34