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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
LXIV
' But, Prince, what sail ccnie o' my men I
When I gae back, traitor they'll ca' me, I had rather lose my life and land, Ere my merry men rebuked me.'
LXV
' Will your merry men amend their lives, An' a' their pardons I grant thee ?
Now, name thy lands where'er they lie, And here I render them to thee,'
LXVI
' Fair Philiphaugh is mine by right, And Lewinshope still mine shall be;
Newark, Foulshiells, and Tinnes baith, My bow and arrow purchased me.
LXVII
' And I have native steads to me,
The Newark Lee and Hanginshaw; I have mony steads in Ettrick Forest, But them by name I dinna knaw.'
LXVIII
The keys of the castle he gave the King, Wi' the blessing o' his fair ladye;
He was made sheriff of Ettrick Forest, Surely while upward grows the tree;
And if he was na traitor to the King, Forfaulted he suld never be.
LXIX
Wha ever heard, in ony times,
Siccan an outlaw in his degree Sic favour get before a King,
As did Outlaw Murray of the forest free ? 1225                                            O                                         385
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