Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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ANNAN WATER.                       189
"01 was sworn sae late yestreen, And not by ae aith, but by many ;
And for a' the gowd in fair Scotland,               »
I dare na take ye through to Annie."
The side was stey, and the bottom deep, Frae bank to brae the water pouring;
And the bonny grey mare did sweat for fear, For she heard the water-kelpy roaring.
0 he has pou'd aff his dapperpy coat, The silver buttons glanced bonny ;
The waistcoat bursted afF his breast, He was sae full of melancholy.
He has ta'en the ford at that stream tail; * I wot he swam both strong and steady ;
But the stream was broad, and his strength did fail, And he never saw his bonny ladye!
" 0 wae betide the frush saugh wand I
And wae betide the bush of brier 1               m
It brake into my true love's hand,
"When his strength did fail, and his limbs did tire.
"And wae betide ye, Annan Water, This night that ye are a drumlie river !
For over thee I'll build a bridge,                        55
That ye never more true love may sever."—