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82 ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH BALLADS.
in ornament and flexibility. This strength of expression is written large over all the English and Scottish ballads, and specimens are merely arbitrary and may be taken almost at random: —
Aye she waukened at the dead man, And aye she waukened him to and fro.
And when she came out of the Kirk, She shimmered like the sun.
(Lord Thomas and Fair Annet.)
The Lindsays flew like fire about, Till all the fray was done.
(The Battle of Otterbourne.)
One spak slow, and another whispered out, She 's gone wi' Gipsy Davy.
(The Gipsy Laddy.)
Twice it lifted its bonnie blue ee, Thae looks gae through the saul o' me.
(The Cruel Mother.)
There was no maen made for that lady,
In bower where she lay dead, But a' was for the bonnie babe,
That lay blabbering in her bleed.
(Lord Ingram and Child Wyett.)
O, then she stood and better she stood, And never did shed a tear,