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Then Dickie was ware of an auld peat-house, Where a' the night he thought for to lye—
And a' the prayers the puir fule pray'd,
Were, ' I wish I had mends for my gude three kye !T
It was then the use of Puddingburn house,
And the house of Mangerton, all hail, Them that cam na at the first ca',
Gat nae mair meat till the neist meal.
The lads, that hungry and weary were, Abune the door-head they threw the key ;
Dickie he took gude notice o' that,
Says—' There will be a bootie for me.'
Then Dickie has into the stable ganc,
Where there stood thirty horses and three ;
He has tied them a' wi' St. Mary's knot, A' these horses but barely three.
He has tied them a' wi' St. Mary's knot,
A' these horses but barely three ; He's loupen on ane, ta'en another in hand,
And out at the door is gane Dickie.
xxvm But on the morn, when the day grew light,
The shouts and cries raise loud and hie. ' Ah ! wha has done this ?' quo' the gude Laird's Jock,
' Tell me the truth and the verity !
mends] amends.           tied wi' St. Mary's knot] hamstrung.
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