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

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176, Bessie Bell and Mary Gray
O BESSIE BELL and Mary Gray, They war twa bonnie lasses; They biggit a bower on yon burn-brae, And theekit it o'er wi' rashes.
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They theekit it o'er wi' rashes green, They theekit it o'er wi' heather;
But the pest cam frae the burrows-town, And slew them baith thegither.
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They thought to lye in Methven kirkyard,
Amang their noble kin ; But they maun lye in Stronach haugh,
To biek forenent the sin.
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And Bessie Bell and Mary Gray,
They war twa bonnie lasses ; They biggit a bower on yon burn-brae,
And theekit it o'er wi' rashes.
biggit] built.         theekit] thatched.         haugh] water-mead,
biek ] bask.          sin] sun.
1235                                           F f                                      865
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