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JOHNNIE OF COCKERSLEE
VI
He's lookit east, and he 's lookit west,
And a little below the sun; And there he spied the dun deer lying
Aneath a buss o' broom.
VII
Johnnie he shot and the dun deer lap, And he wounded her on the side;
But atween the wood and the wan water His hounds they laid her pride.
VIII
And Johnnie has brittled the deer sae well,
Had out her liver and lungs ; And wi' these he has feasted his bluidy hounds
As if they had been Earl's sons.
IX
They ate sae much o' the venison,
And drank sae much o' the blude, That Johnnie and his gude gray hounds
Fell asleep by yonder wood, x By there came a silly auld carle.
An ill death mote he die ! And he 's awa' to Hislinton,
Where the Seven Foresters did lie.
XI
' What news, what news, ye gray-headed carle ?
What news ? come tell to me.' ' I bring nae news,' said the gray-headed carle,
' But what these eyes did see.
buss] bush, clump.         lap] leapt. brittled] ' broken', cut
up venison. 708
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