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27. Clerk Saunders
Part I i
C LERK SAUNDERS and may Margaret Walk'd owre yon garden green j And deep and heavy was the love That fell thir twa between.
ii ' A bed, a bed,' Clerk Saunders said,
' A bed for you and me! ' ' Fye na, fye na,' said may Margaret,
' Till anes we married be ! '—
in ' Then I'll take the sword frae my scabbard
And slowly lift the pin ; And you may swear, and save your aith,
Ye ne'er let Clerk Saunders in.
' Take you a napkin in your hand, And tie up baith your bonnie e'en,
And you may swear, and save your aith, Ye saw me na since late yestreen.'
It was about the midnight hour,
When they asleep were laid, When in and came her seven brothers,
Wi' torches burning red :
When in and came her seven brothers,
Wi' torches burning bright: They said, ' We hae but one sister,
And behold her lying with a knight! ' nS