Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE ELFIN KNIGHT.                      129
" Thou art o'er young a maid," quoth he,
" Married with me, that thou would'st be." n
" I have a sister, younger than I, And she was married yesterday."
" Married with me if thou would'st be, A curtisie thou must do to me.
" It's ye maun mak a sark to me,                     15
Without any cut or seam," quoth he;
" And ye maun shape it, knife-, sheerless, And also sew it needle-, threedless."
" If that piece of courtisie I do to thee, Another thou must do to me.                          20
" I have an aiker of good ley land, Which lyeth low by yon sea strand;
" It's ye maun till't wi' your touting horn, And ye maun saw't wi' the pepper corn;
" And ye maun harrow't wi' a thorn,                25
And hae your wark done ere the morn ;
" And ye maun shear it wi' your knife, And no lose a stack o't for your life ; vol. 1.                      9