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

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THE LOCHMABEN HARPER
in Quo' she, ' Thou hast a gude gray mare,
That'll rin o'er hills baith laigh and hie; Sae set thee on the gray mare's back,
And leave the foal at hame wi' me.'
IV
So he is up to England gane,
And even as fast as he can hie ; And when he cam to Carlisle gate,
O  whae was there but the King Henrye ?
v i Come into my hall, thou silly blind Harper,
And of thy harping let me hear ! ' ' O, by my sooth,' quo' the silly blind Harper,
' I'd rather hae stabling for my mare.'
VI
The King look'd ower his left shoulder, And said unto his stable groom ;
i Gae take the silly blind Harper's mare, And tie her beside my Wanton Brown.'
VII
Then aye he harpit, and aye he carpit, Till a' the lordlings footed the floor;
They thought the music was sae sweet, They had nae mind o' the stable door.
VIII
And aye he harpit, and aye he carpit, Till a' the nobles were fast asieep;
Then quietly he took aff his shoon, And saftly down the stair did creep.
laigh] low.           carpit] sang, recited.
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