Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" What news, what news, ye gray-headed carle,
What news bring ye to me ? " u I bring nae news," said the gray-headed carle,
" Save what these eyes did see.                              »
" As I came down by Merriemass,
And down among the scroggs, The bonniest childe that ever I saw
Lay sleeping amang his dogs.
" The shirt that was upon his back                            «
Was o' the Holland fine; The doublet which was over that
Was o' the Lincome twine.
" The buttons that were on his sleeve
Were o' the goud sae gude :                                     so
The gude graie hounds he lay amang, Their mouths were dyed wi' blude."
Then out and spak the First Forester,
The heid man ower them a'—■ " If this be Johnie o' Breadislee,                                   ss
Nae nearer will we draw."
But up and spak the Sixth Forester,
(His sister's son was he,) " If this be Johnie o' Breadislee,
We soon shall gar him die ! "                                  so