Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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116                    THE GTPSIB LADDIE.
The gypsies came to our good lord's gate,
And wow but they sang sweetly ; They sang sae sweet and sae very complete,
That down came the fair lady.
And she came tripping doun the stair,                    s
And a' her maids before her; As soon as they saw her weel-far'd face,
They coost the glamer o'er her.
" O come with me," says Johnie Faw,
" O come with me, my dearie ;                            w
For I vow and I swear by the hilt of my sword, That your lord shall nae mair come near ye."
Then she gied them the beer and the wine,
And they gied her the ginger; But she gied them a far better thing,                     is
The goud ring aff her finger.
" Gae tak frae me this gay mantle,
And bring to me a plaidie ; For if kith and kin and a' had sworn,
I'll follow the gypsie laddie.                                  20
" Yestreen I lay in a weel-made bed,
"Wi' my good lord beside me; But this night I'll lye in a tennant's barn,
Whatever shall betide me."