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

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' Ohon, alas!' says Young Bekie, ' I know not what to dee;
For I canno win to Burd Isbel, An' she kensnae to come to me.'
O  it fell once upon a day Burd Isbel fell asleep,
And up it starts the Billy Blind, And stood at her bed-feet.
' O waken, waken, Burd Isbel,
How can you sleep so soun', Whan this is Bekie's wedding day, An' the marriage gain on ?
' Ye do ye to your mither's bowr, Think neither sin nor shame;
An' ye tak twa o' your mither's marvs, To keep ye frae thinking lang. ;
'Ye dress yoursel' in the red scarlet, An' your marys in dainty green,
An' ye pit girdles about your middles Wou'd buy an earldome.
' O ye gang down by yon sea-side, An' down by yon sea-stran';
Sae bonny will the Hollan's boats Come rowin' till your han'.
Billy Blind] a friendly household fairy. See p. 80. maids.
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