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

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' Abide, abide, thou traitour thiefe !
The day is come that thou maun dee ! ' Then Dickie look't ower his left shoulder,
—' Johnie, hast thou nae mae in thy companie ?
xxxvi ' There is a preacher in our chapell,
And a' the lee-lang day teaches he: When day is gane and night is come,
There 's ne'er a word I mark but three.
; The first and second is—Faith and Conscience ;
The third—Johnie, take heed o thee I But, Johnie, what faith and conscience was thine,
When thou took awa' my three kye frae me ?
' And when thou had ta'en awa' my three kye,
Thou thought in thy heart thou wast no well sped,
Till thou sent thy billie owre the know,
To tak three co'erlets off my wife's bed ! '—
Then Johnie let a spear fa' laigh by his thie, Thought weel to hae run the innocent through,
But the powers above were mair than he,
For he ran but the pure fule's jerkin through.
Together they ran, or ever they blan ;
This was Dickie the fule and he ! Dickie couldna win at him wi' the blade o' the sword,
But fell'd him wi' the plummet under the ee.
laigh] low.            blan] checked, stopped.             plummet]
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