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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.
IV
' 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.'
v
It was about the midnight hour,
When they asleep were laid, When in and came her seven brothers,
Wi' torches burning red :
VI
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
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