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92 ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH BALLADS.
It is from a broadside printed in Edinburgh, without date, but of considerable antiquity, and entitled Arthur's Seat shall be My Bed, etc., or Love in Despair.
Come lay me soft and draw me near, And lay thy white hand over me ;
For I am starving in the cold, And thou art bound to cover me.
O, cover me in my distress,
And help me in my miserie ; For I do wake, when I should sleep,
All for the love of my dearie.
My rents they are but very small, For to maintain my love withall; But with my labour and my pain, I will maintain my love with them.
0, Arthur's seat shall be my bed,
And the sheets shall never be filed by me,
St. Anthony's well shall be my drink, Since my true love's forsaken me.
Should I be bound, that may go free ? Should I love them that love not me ? I '11 rather travel into Spain, Where I '11 get love for love again.
And I '11 cast off my robes of black, And will put on the robes of blue ;