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

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THE OUTLAW MURRAY
XLVII
' Desire him meet thee at Permanscore, And bring four in his companie;
Five earls sail gang yoursell before, Gude cause that you suld honour'd be.
XLVIII
' And, gif he refuses to do that,
With fire and sword we'll follow thee ;
There sail never a Murray, after him, Hold land in Ettrick Forest free.'
XLIX
The King then call'd a gentleman, Royal banner-bearer there was he,
James Hope Pringle of Torsonse by name ; He cam' and kneel'd upon his knee.
L
' Welcome, James Pringle of Torsonse !
A message ye maun gae for me : Ye maun gae to yon Outlaw Murray,
Surely where boldly bideth he.
LI
6 Bid him meet me at Permanscorev And bring four in his companie;
Five earls sail come my sell before, Gude reason I suld honour'd be.
LII
' And gif he refuses to do that,
Bid him look for nae good o' me ; There sail never a Murray, after him, Have land in Ettrick Forest free.' 3»'
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