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

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44-                Young Bekie
Y OUNG BEKIE was as brave a knight As ever sail'd the sea ; And he 's doen him to the court of France, To serve for meat and fee.
II He had nae been i' the court of France
A twelvemonth nor sae long, Til he fell in love with the king's daughter,
And was thrown in prison strong.
The king he had but ae daughter,
Burd Isbel was her name; And she has to the prison-house gane,
To hear the prisoner's mane.
' O gin a lady wou'd borrow me, At her stirrup-foot I wou'd rin ;
Or gin a widow wou'd borrow me, I wou'd swear to be her son.
v ' Or gin a virgin wou'd borrow me,
I wou'd wed her wi' a ring; I'd gie her ha's, I'd gie her bowers,
The bonny towrs o' Linne.'
O barefoot, barefoot gaed she but,
And barefoot came she ben; It was no for want o' hose and shoone,
Nor time to put them on; borrow] ransom.          but] out.          ben] in.
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