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

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' Seven ships, loaded weel, Cam owre the sea wi' me;
Ane o' them will tak me hame, And six I'll gie to thee.'
4J. The Lass of Lochroyan
O WHA will shoe my bonny foot ? And wha will glove my hand ? And wha will bind my middle jimp Wi' a lang, lang linen band ?
n ' O wha will kame my yellow hair,
With a haw bay berry kame r And wha will be my babe's father
Till Gregory come hame ?'
in 'Thy father, he will shoe thy foot,
Thy brother will glove thy hand, Thy mither will bind thy middle jimp
Wi' a lang, lang linen band.
' Thy sister will kame thy yellow hair,
Wi' a haw bayberry kame; The Almighty will be thy babe's father
Till Gregory come hame.'
jimp] slim. kame] comb.        haw bayberry] ? a corruption
for ' braw ivory ': or bayberry may = laurel-wood. 184
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