The Oxford Book of Ballads - online book

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

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THE DOUGLAS TRAGEDY
XI
O they rade on, and on they rade,
And a' by the light of the moon, Until they came to yon wan water,
And there they lighted doun.
XII
They lighted doun to tak' a drink
Of the spring that ran sae clear, And doun the stream ran his gude heart's blood,
And sair she gan to fear.
XIII
' Hold up, hold up, Lord William.' she says,
' For I fear that you are slain.' ' 'Tis naething but the shadow of my scarlet cloak,
That shines in the water sae plain.'
XIV
O they rade on, and on they rade,
And a' by the light of the moon, Until they cam' to his mother's ha' door,
And there they lighted doun.
xv ' Get up, get up, lady mother.' he says,
' Get up, and let me in ! Get up, get up, lady mother.' he says,
' For this night my fair lady I've win.
XVI
' O mak my bed, lady mother.' he says,
' O mak it braid and deep, And lay Lady Margret close at my back,
And the sounder I will sleep.' 362
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