Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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SIR PATRICK SPENS. See p. 147. From Buohan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, i. 1.
The King sits in Dunfermline town,
A-drinking at the wine ; Says, " Where will I get a good skipper
Will sail the saut seas fine ? "
Out it speaks an eldren knight                             t
Amang the companie,— " Young Patrick Spens is the best skipper
That ever sail'd the sea."
The king he wrote a braid letter,
And seal'd it wi' his ring;                                10
Says, " Ye'll gi'e that to Patrick Spens:
See if ye can him find."
He sent this, not wi' an auld man,
Nor yet a simple boy, But the best o' nobles in his train                        w
This letter did convoy.
i When Patrick look'd the letter upon
A light laugh then ga'e he ; But ere he read it till an end,
The tear blinded his e'e.                                  »