Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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262                                  TAM-A-LINE.
" Then by it came the Elfin Queen,                      ios
And laid her hand on me ; And from that time since e'er I mind, I've been in her companie.
" O Elfin it's a bonny place,
In it fain wad I dwell;                                       
But aye at ilka seven years' end,
They pay a tiend to hell, And I'm sae fou o' flesh an blude,
I'm sair fear*d for mysell."
" 0 tell me, tell me, Tam-a-Line,                          ns
O tell, an' tell me true; Tell me this nicht, an' mak' nae lee, Wbat way I'll borrow you ? "
" The morn is Hallowe'en nicht,
The Elfin court will ride,                                   120
Through England, and thro' a' Scotland, And through the warld wide.
" O they begin at sky sett in, Ride a' the evenin' tide ; And she that will her true love borrow, 120 At Miles-cross will him bide.
" Te'll do ye down to Miles-cross, Between twall hours and ane; And full your hands o' holie water,
And cast your compass roun'.                         ia»
" Then the first ane court that comes you till, Is published king and queen ;