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

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               Brown Adam
i
O WHA would wish the wind to blau Or the green leaves fa' therewith ? Or wha would wish a lealer love Than Brown Adam the Smith ?
ii But they hae banish'd Brown Adam,
Frae father and frae mither; And they hae banish'd Brown Adam,
Frae sister and frae brither.
in And they hae banish'd Brown Adam
Frae the flow'r o' a' his kin ; And he's biggit a bow'r i' the good green-wood
Between his ladye and him.
IV
O it fell once upon a day
Brown Adam he thought long, And he is to the green-wood
As fast as he could gang.
v He has ta'en his bow his arm over,
His sword intill his han', And he is to the good green-wood
To hunt some venison.
VI
O he's shot up, and he's shot down
The bunting on the breer; And he's sent it hame to his ladye,
Bade her be of good cheer.
biggit J built.           breer] briar.
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