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

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BINNORIE
x
' Foul fa' the hand that I should take; It twin'd me o' my warldis make.
XI
' Your cherry cheeks and your yellow hair Gar'd me gang maiden evermair.'
XII
Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam. Until she cam to the miller's dam.
XIII
Out then cam the miller's son, And saw the fair maid soummin' in.
XIV
' O father, father, draw your dam !
There's either a mermaid or a milk-white swan.'
xv The miller hasted and drew his dam, And there he found a drown'd woman.
XVI
You couldna see her middle sma', Her gowden girdle was sae braw.
XVII
You couldna see her lily feet, Her gowden fringes were sae deep.
XVIII
You couldna see her yellow hair
For the strings o' pearls was twisted there.
XIX
You couldna see her fingers sma',
Wi' diamond rings they were cover'd a'.
twin'd] robbed, deprived.        my warldis makej my one mate
in the world. soummin'] swimming.
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