Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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The Duke o' Perth had three daughters, Elizabeth, Margaret, and fair Marie ;
And Mary's to the greenwud gane, To pu' the rose and the fair lilie.
She hadna pu'd a rose, a rose,                           «
A double rose, but barely three, When up and started a Loudon lord,
Wi' Loudon hose, and Loudon sheen.
" 0 will ye be called a robber's wife ?
Or will ye be stickit wi' my bloody knife ? «
For pu'in the rose and the fair lilie,
For pu'in them sae fair and free."
" Before I'll be called a robber's wife, I'll rather be stickit wi' your bloody knife, For pu'in the rose and the fair lilie,                  k
For pu'in them sae fair and free."
But just as he took out his knife,
To tak frae her her ain sweet life,
Her brother John cam ryding bye,
And this bloody robber he did espy.                  eo
But when he saw his sister fair, He kenn'd her by her yellow hair; He call'd upon his pages three, To find this robber speedilie.