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

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ROSE THE RED AND WHITE LILY
XI
' O haud your tongue, my yongest son,
For sma' sail be her part; You'll ne'er get kiss o' White Lilly's mouth
Tho' it break your very heart.'
XII
When Rose the Red and White Lilly
Saw their tvva loves were gane, Then stoppit ha' they their loud, loud sang
For and the still mournin' : And their step-mither stood forbye,
To hear the maiden's mane.
XIII
Then out it spake her White Lilly:
' My sister, we'll be gane; Why should we stay in Burnesdale
To waste our youth in pain ?'
XIV
Then cuttit ha' they their green clothing
A little below their knee, And sae ha' they their yellow hair
A little abune their bree ; And they're do'en them to haly chapel,
Was christen'd by Our Ladye.
xv There ha' they changed their ain twa names,
Sae far frae ony town ; And the tane o' them hight Sweet Willy,
And the tither Roge the Roun.
mane] moan. abune their bree] above their brows. hight] was called. Roun] roan, red.
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