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ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH BALLADS. 87
Ballads of similar form and subject are to be found in Scandinavian literature, and counterparts to its methods of revelation in various English and Scottish ballads, but none have so pure a con­struction and so perfect an effect as this: —
" Why does your brand sae drap wi' bluid, Edward, Edward ? Why does your brand sae drap wi' bluid, And why sae sad gang yee, O ? " " O, I hae killed my hauke sae guid, Mither, mither. O, I hae killed my hauke sae guid, And I had nae mair but hee, O."
" Your hauke's bluid was nevir sae reid, Edward, Edward. Your hauke's bluid was nevir sae reid,
My deir son, I tell thee, O." * O, I hae killed my red roan steed,
Mither, mither. O, I hae killed my red roan steed That was sae fair and free, O."
"Your steed was auld and ye hae gat mair, Edward, Edward. Your steed was auld and ye hae got mair. Sum other dule ye drie, O." " O, I hae killed my fadir deir, Mither, mither. O, I hae killed my fadir deir. Alas ! and wae is mee, O."
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