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            Sir Patrick Spens
I. The Sailing. I
T HE king sits in Dunfermline town Drinking the blude-red wine ; ' O whare will I get a skeely skipper To sail this new ship o' mine I'
O up and spak an eldern knight, Sat at the king's right knee :
' Sir Patrick Spens is the best sailor That ever sail'd the sea.'
in Our king has written a braid letter,
And seal'd it with his hand, And sent it to Sir Patrick Spens,
Was walking on the strand.
{ To Noroway, to Noroway, To Noroway o'er the faem ;
The king's daughter o' Noroway, 'Tis thou must bring her hame.'
The first word that Sir Patrick read So loud, loud laugh'd he ;
The neist word that Sir Patrick read The tear blinded his e'e.
' O wha is this has done this deed And tauld the king o' me,
To send us out, at this time o' year, To sail upon the sea ?
skeely] skilful. 328
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