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

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DICK O' THE COW
v ' But how ca' they the man we last met,
Billie, as we cam owre the know ?' ' That same he is an innocent fule,
And men they call him Dick o' the Cow.'
VI
' That fule has three as good kye o' his ain, As there are in a' Cumberland, billie,' quo' he.
' Betide me life, betide me death,
These kye shall go to Liddesdale wi' me.'
VII
Then they're come on to the pure fule's house, And they hae broken his wa's sae wide;
They have loosed out Dick o' the Cow 's three kye, And ta'en three co'erlets off his wife's bed.
VIII
Then on the morn when the day grew light, The shouts and cries raise loud and hie:
' O haud thy tongue, my wife,' he says, ' And o' thy crying let me be!
IX
' O haud thy tongue, my wife,' he says,
' And o' thy crying let me be; And aye where thou hast lost ae cow,
In gude sooth I shall bring thee three.'
x Now Dickie 's gane to the gude Lord Scroope,
And I wat a dreirie fule was he ; ' Now haud thy tongue, my fule,' he says,
' For I may not stand to jest wi' thee.'
know] knop of the hill.
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