Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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" And what is the crime, now, lady," he says, " That has by this young man been dane ?
" O he has broken my bonny castell, That was weel biggit wi' lime and stane.
" And he has broken my bonny coffers, That was weel bandit wi' aiken ban ;
And he has stown my rich jewels ; I wot he has stown them every ane."
Then out it spak her Lady Elspat, As she sat by Lord-justice' knee;
" Now ye hae told your tale, mither, I pray, Lord-justice, ye'll now hear me.
" He hasna broken her bonny castell, That was weel biggit wi' lime and stane;
Nor has he stown her rich jewels, For I wat she has them every ane.
" But though he was my first true love, And though I had sworn to be his bride,
'Cause he hadna a great estate,
She would this way our loves divide."
Syne out and spak the Lord-justice,
I wat the tear was in his e'e; " I see nae faut in this young man ;
Sae loose his bands, and set him free.
" And tak your love, now, Lady Elspat, And my best blessin' you baith upon ;
For gin he be your first true love, He is my eldest sister's son.