Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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" But as little harness as is on thy back,
As little, billie, shall be on mine."—                   no
Then he's thrown aff his coat o' mail,
His cap of steel away flung he ; He stuck his spear into the ground,
And he tied his horse unto a tree.
Then Bewick has thrown afF his cloak,                  m
And's psalter-book frae's hand flung he ;
He laid his hand upon the dyke, And ower he lap most manfullie.
0 they hae fought for twae lang hours ;
When twae lang hours were come and gane, i» The sweat drapp'd fast frae aS" them baith,
But a drap of blude could not be seen.
When Graham did see his bully come,
The salt tears stood long in his ee; " Now needs must I say thou art a man,
That dare venture thy body to fight with me.
" Nay, I have a harness on my back;
I know that thou hast none on thine; But as little as thou hast on thy back,
As little shall there be on mine."
He flang his jacket from off his back, His cap of steel from his head flang he;
He's taken his spear into his hand, He's ty'd his horse unto a tree.