Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" Come had thy tongue, thou silly blind Harper,8i
And of thy alacing let me be, For thou shall get a better mare,
And weel paid shall thy cowte foal be."
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, I. 422.
0 heard ye na o' the silly blind Harper, How long he lived in Lochmaben town ?
And how he wad gang to fair England,
To steal the Lord Warden's Wanton Brown ?
But first he gaed to his gude wyfe,                         «
Wi' a the haste that he could thole—
" This wark," quo' he, " will ne'er gae weel, Without a mare that has a foal."
Quo' she—" Thou hast a gude gray mare, .
That can baith lance o'er laigh and hie ; w Sae set thee on the gray mare's back,
And leave the foal at hame wi' me."
So he is up to England gane,
And even as fast as he may drie ; And when he cam to Carlisle gate,                       is
0 whae was there but the Warden hie ?