Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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This ladye was scarce eleven years auld, When on her love she was right bauld;
She was scarce up to my right knee,                             u
When oft in bed wi' men I'm tauld.
But when nine months were come and gane,
This ladye's face turn'd pale and wane;
To Leesome Brand she then did say,
" In this place I can nae mair stay.                                 20
" Ye do you to my father's stable,
Where steeds do stand baith wight and able ;
Strike ane o' them upo' the back,
The swiftest will gie his head a wap.
" Ye take him out upo' the green,                                   25
And get him saddled and bridled seen; Get ane for you, anither for me, And lat us ride out ower the lee.
" Ye do you to my mother's coffer,
And out of it ye'll take my tocher;                        so
Therein are sixty thousand pounds,
Which all to me by right belongs."
He's done him to her father's stable,
Where steeds stood baith wicht and able;
Then he strake ane upon the back,                          as
The swiftest gae his head a wap.
He's ta'en him out upo' the green,
And got him saddled and bridled seen ;
Ane for him, and another for her,
To carry them baith wi' might and virr.                 «