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LADY ELSPAT
XIII
' There is a steed within my stable
Cost me baith gowd and white money ;
Ye'se get as mickle o' my free land As he'll ride about in a summer's day.v
87.               Jamie Douglas
I WAS a lady of high renown As ever lived in the north countrie; I was a lady of high renown
When the Earl Douglas luved me.
11 And when we came through Glasgow toun.
We were a comely sight to see; My gude lord in the black velvet,
And I mysel' in cramasie.
in But when we came to Douglas toum,
We were a fine sight to behold: My gude lord in the cramasie
And I mysel' in the shining gold.
IV
And when that my auld son was born And set upon his nurse's knee,
I was happy a woman as e'er was born, And my glide lord he luved me.
cramasie] crimson. auld] eldest. 390
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