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

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KINMONT WILLIE
XXIV
6 Where be ye gaun, ye broken men ?'
Quo' fause Sakelde ; ' come tell to me ! '
Now Dickie of Dryhope led that band, And the never a word of lear had he.
xxv ' Why trespass ye on the English side ?
Row-footed outlaws, stand ! ' quo' he ; The never a word had Dickie to say,
Sae he thrust the lance through his fause bodie.
XXVI
Then on we held for Carlisle toun,
And at Staneshaw-bank the Eden we cross'd ; The water was great and meikle of spate,
But the never a horse nor man we lost.
XXVII
And when we reach'd the Staneshaw-bank,
The wind was rising loud and hie ; And there the Laird gar'd leave our steeds,
For fear that they should stamp and neigh.
XXVIII
And when we left the Staneshaw-bank,
The wind began fu' loud to blaw ; But 'twas wind and weet, and fire and sleet,
When we came beneath the castle wa'.
XXIX
We crept on knees, and held our breath, Till we placed the ladders against the wa';
And sae ready was Buccleuch himsell To mount the first before us a'.
lear] lore.          row-footed] rough-footed.
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