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

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THE WIFE OF USHER'S WELL
XI
' The cock doth craw, the day doth daw.
The channerin' worm doth chide ; Gin we be miss'd out o' our place,
A sair pain we maun bide.'
XII
' Lie still, lie still but a little wee while,
Lie still but if we may ; Gin my mother should miss us when she wakes,
She'll go mad ere it be day.'
XIII
' Fare ye weel, my mother dear !
Fareweel to barn and byre! And fare ye weel, the bonny lass
That kindles my mother's fire ! '
3 3.         A Lyke-Wake Dirge
T HIS ae nighte, this ae nighte, Every nighte and a.'Ie, Fire and fleet and candle-lighte, And Cbriste receive thy saule.
11 When thou from hence away art past,
Every nighte and alle, To Whinny-muir thou com'st at last:
And Chr'iste receive thy saule.
channerin'] fretting. fleet] floor. Other readings are 'sleet' and' salt '. 138
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