Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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160                               BOTH-WELL.
" I thought I'd a maiden sae meek and sae mild, But I've nought but a woman wi' child."
His mother's taen her up to a tower,
And lockit her in her secret bower:                  «
'.' Now doughter mine, come tell to me, Wha's bairn this is that you are wi'."
" 0 mother dear, I canna learn Wha is the father of my bairn.
" But as I walk'd in the lowlands my lane, o I met a gentleman gallant and fine;
" He keepit me there sae late and sae lang, Frae the ev'ning late till the morning dawn;
" And a' that he gied me to my propine,             «
"Was a pair of green gloves, and a gay gold ring,
" Three lauchters of his yellow hair, In case that we shou'd meet nae mair."
His lady mother went down the stair: " Now son, now son, come tell to me, "Where's the green gloves I gave to thee ? " «
" I gied to a lady sae fair and so fine, The green gloves and a gay gold ring: