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

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Babylon
or, The Bonnie Banks of Fordie
I
T HERE where three ladies live in a boweró Eh, wow, bonnie And they went out to pull a flower On the bonnie banks o' Fordie.
II They hadna pu'ed a flower but ane, When up started to them a banisht man.
in He 's ta'en the first sister by her hand, And he 's turn'd her round and made her stand.
IV
' It's whether will ye be a rank robber's wife, Or will ye die by my wee pen-knife V
v
' It's I'll not be a rank robber's wife, But I'll rather die by your wee pen-knife.'
VI
He 's killed this may, and he's laid her by, For to bear the red rose company.
VII
He 's ta'en the second ane by the hand,
And he 's turn'd her round and made her stand.
VIII
' It's whether will ye be a rank robber's wife, Or will ye die by my wee pen-knife ?'
IX
' It's I'll not be a rank robber's wife, But I'll rather die by your wee pen-knife.'
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