Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" If there be a knight in gude greenwood
Ye like better than me, If ance he come your bower within,
Ane o' us twa shall dee."
She set a horn to her mouth,                                     iss
And she blew loud and shrill! Thro' stock and stane and the hawthorn,
Brave Roger came her till.
" Wha's here sae bauld," the youth replied, " Thus to encroach on me ? "                               iw
" O here I am," the knight replied, " Ha'e as much right as thee."
Then they fought up the gude greenwood,
Sae did they down the plain; They niddart ither wi' lang braid swords, iss
Till they were bleedy men.
Then out it spak the sick woman,
Sat under the greenwood tree ; " O had your han', young man," she said,
" She's a woman as well as me."                          200
Then out it speaks anither youth,
Amang the companie; " Gin I had kent what I ken now,
'Tis for her I wou'd dee."
" O wae mat worth you, Rose the Red,                  205
An ill death mat ye dee! Altho' ye tauld upo' yoursell,
Ye might ha'e heal'd on me.