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

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