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JAMIE TELFER IN THE FAIR DODHEAD
XLUI
' I wad lourd have had a winding-sheet, And helped to put it ower his head,
Ere he had been disgraced by the Border Scot, Whan he ower Liddel his men did lead ! '
XLIV
There was a wild gallant amang us a', His name was Watty wi' the Wudspurs,
Cried—' On for his house in Stanegirthside, If ony man will ride with us !
XLV
When they cam to the Stanegirthside,
They dang wi' trees, and burst the door;
They loosed out a' the Captain's kye, And set them forth our lads before.
XLYI
There was an auld wyfe ayont the fire,
A wee bit o' the Captain's kin— ' Whae dar loose out the Captain's kye,
Or answer to him and his men ?'—
XLVII
' It's I, Watty Wudspurs, loose the kye,
I winna layne my name frae thee ! And I will loose out the Captain's kye,
In scorn of a' his men and he.'
XLVIII
Whan they cam to the fair Dodhead,
They were a wellcum sight to see ! For instead of his ain ten milk kye,
Jamie Telfer has gotten thirty and three.
lourd] liefer, rather.            wudspurs] hotspur, or madspur.
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