Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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That lord is to Fair Annie gane : Says, " Annie, thou winsome may,
O whatten a gude gift will ye gi'e                   7s
My bride on her bridal day ? "
" I'll gi'e her a gift, and a very gude gift,
And a dear-bought gift to me ; For I'll gi'e her my seven fair sons,
Her pages for to be."                                    m
" 0 that is a gift, but nae gude gift,
Frae thee, Fair Annie, I ween ; And ye maun gi'e some richer gift
Befitting a noble queen."
" I'll gi'e her a gift, and a dear, dear gift, ss
And a gift I brook wi' care ; For I'll gi'e her my dearest life,
That I dow brook nae mair."
" O that is a gift, but a dowie gift,
Now, Annie, thou winsome may;                 90
Te maun gi'e her your best goud girdle,
Her gude will for to ha'e."
" Oh na, that girdle she ne'er shall fa';
That I can never bear; The luckless morn I gave you a',                      as
Ye gae me that girdle to wear."
That lord before his bride gan stand :
" My noble bride and queen ! O whatten a gift to my lemman Annu;
Will now by you be gi'en ? " ,                    10b