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

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LEESOME BRAND
XVII
[She said as she look'd owre] dale and down, ' My son comes merrilie to the toun.'
XVIII
' Seek nae minstrels to play in your room, Your son comes sorry to the toun.
XIX
' O I hae lost my gowden knife; I rather had lost my ain sweet life!
XX
' And I hae lost a far better thing. The gilded sheath that it was in.'
XXI
' Are there nae gowdsmiths here in Fife Can make to you anither knife ?
XXII
' Are there nae sheath-makers in the land Can make a sheath to Leesome Brand:3
XXIII
'There are nae gowdsmiths here in Fife Can make to me sic a gowden knife;
XXIV
' Nor nae sheath-makers in the land Can make to me sic a sheath again.
xxv 6 For I've lost my lady I loved sae dear, The broom blooms lonnie and sae it is fair Likewise the son she did me bear, And we'll never gang doun to the broom nae mairj
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