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JAMIE TELFER IN THE FAIR DODHEAD
XXV
' Gar warn the water, braid and wide,
Gar warn it sune and hastilie ! They that winna ride for Telfer's kye,
Let them never look in the face o' me!
XXVI
' Warn Wat o' Harden, and his sons, Wi' them will Borthwick Water ride ;
Warn Gaudilands, and Allanhaugh,
And Gilmanscleugh, and Commonside.
XXVII
' Ride by the gate at Priesthaughswire, And warn the Currors o' the Lee ;
As ye cum down the Hermitage Slack, Warn doughty Willie o' Gorrinberry.'
XXVIII
The Scotts they rade, the Scotts they ran,
Sae starkly and sae steadilie ! And aye the ower-word o' the thrang
Was—' Rise for Branksome readilie ! '
xxix The gear was driven the Frostylee up,
Frae the Frostylee unto the plain, Whan Willie has look'd his men before,
And saw the kye right fast drivand.
XXX
' Whae drives thir kye ?' 'gan Willie say, ' To make an outspeckle o' me ?'—
' It's I, the Captain o' Bewcastle, Willie; I winna layne my name for thee.'—
warn the water] raise the cry along the waterside. outspeckle] laughing-stock.          layne] lie, falsen.
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