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84.           The Outlaw Murray
I
E TTRICK Forest is a fair forest, In it grows many a seemly tree; There 's hart and hind, and dae and rae, And of a' wild beasts great plentie.
11 There's a castle, bigg'd wi' lime and stane ;
O gif it stands not pleasantlie ! In the fore-front o' that castle fair,
Twa unicorns are bra' to see ; There's the picture of a knight, and a lady bright,
And the green hollin abune their bree.
in There an Outlaw keeps five hundred men,
He keeps a royal companie ; His merry men are a' in ae livery clad,
O' the Lincoln green sae gay to see; He and his lady in purple clad,
O gin they live not royallie !
IV
Word is gane to our noble King,
In Edinburgh where that he lay, That there was an Outlaw in Ettrick Forest,
Counted him nought, nor his courtrie gay.
v ' I make a vow,' then the gude King said,
' Unto the Man that dear bought me, I'se either be King of Ettrick Forest,
Or King of Scotland that Outlaw 's be ! '
bigg'd"] built, hollin] holly, bree] brow, courtrie] courtiers. 374
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