Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, i. 299.
In singing, the interjection O is added to the second and fourth lines.
The king sits in Dunfermline town,
Drinking the blude-red wine : " 0 whare will I get a skeely skipper
To sail this new ship of mine ? "
0 up and spake an eldern knight,                  «
Sat at the king's right knee : " Sir Patrick Spens is the best sailor
That ever sailed the sea."
Our king has written a braid letter,
And sealed it with his hand,                      10
And sent it to Sir Patrick Spens, "Was walking on the strand.
" To Noroway, to Noroway,
To Noroway o'er the faem ; ■ The king's daughter of Noroway,                 is
'Tis thou maun bring her hame ! "