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

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THE DEATH OF PARCY REED
XVI
' If they be five, and we be four, Sae that ye stand alang wi' me,
Then every man ye will take one, And only leave but two to me:
We will them meet as brave men ought, And make them either fight or flee.'
XVII
' We mayna stand, we canna stand, We daurna stand alang wi' thee ;
The Crosiers haud thee at a feud,
And they wad kill baith thee and we.'
XVIII
' O turn thee, turn thee, Johnie Ha',
O  turn thee, man, and fight wi me ; When ye come to Troughend again,
My gude black naig I will gie thee ; He cost full twenty pound o' gowd, Atween my brother John and me.'
XIX
'1 mayna turn, I canna turn,
I  daurna turn and fight wi' thee; The Crosiers haud thee at a feud,
And they wad kill baith thee and me.'
XX
' O turn thee, turn thee, Willie Ha',
O turn thee, man, and fight wi' me ; When ye come to Troughend again, A yoke o' owsen I'll gie thee.' 770
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