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JOHNNIE OF COCKERSLEE
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Now Johnnie's gude bend-bow is broke, And his gude gray dogs are slain;
And his body lies dead in Durrisdeer, And his hunting it is done.
IS7.            Kinmont Willie
i
O H AVE ye na heard o' the fause Sakelde ? O have ye na heard o' the keen Lord Scroope ? How they hae ta'en bauld Kinmont Willie, On Haribee to hang him up ?
II Had Willie had but twenty men,
But twenty men as stout as he, Fause Sakelde had never the Kinmont ta'en,
Wi' eight score in his companie.
in They band his legs beneath the steed,
They tied his hands behind his back ; They guarded him, fivesome on each side,
And they brought him ower the Liddel-rack.
IV
They led him thro' the Liddel-rack,
And also thro' the Carlisle sands ; They brought him in to Carlisle castell,
To be at my Lord Scroope's commands.
v s My hands are tied, but my tongue is free,
And whae will dare this deed avow ? Or answer by the Border law ?
Or answer to the bauld Buccleuch ?
Liddel-rack] a ford on the Liddel.
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