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

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These birds flew out frae every tree
And lichted on the ha', And [frae the roof] with force did flee
Amang the nobles a'.
The storks there seized [ilk wedding-guest] —They could not fight nor flee ;
The swans they bound the [bridegroom fast] Below a green aik tree.
They lichted next on the [bride-] maidens, Then on the bride's own head;
And wi' the twinkling o' an e'e The bride an' them were fled.
There's ancient men at weddings been
For sixty years or more, But siccan a curious wedding-day
They never saw before.
For naething could the companie do,
Nor naething could they say; But they saw a flock o' pretty birds
That took their bride away.
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