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

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$8.                 Earl Brand
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O DID ye ever hear o' brave Earl Brand ? Ay la.'ly, o lilly tally He courted the King's daughter o' fair England All i the night sae early.
II She was scarcely fifteen years that tide Till sae boldly she came to his bedside.
in ' O Earl Bran', fain wad I see A pack of hounds let loose on the lea.'—
IV
' O lady, I have no steeds but one, But thou shalt ride, and I will run.'—
v { O Earl Bran', my father has two, And thou shalt have the best of tho'.—
VI
They have ridden o'er moss and moor, And they have met neither rich nor poor,
VII
Until they met with old Carl Hood : —He 's aye for ill and never for good.
VIII
' Earl Bran', if ye love me,
Seize this old carl, and gar him die.'—
IX
' O lady fair, it wad be sair
To slay an old man that has grey hair.
tide] time, season.
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