Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" But how ca'd they the man we last met,
Billie, as we cam o'er the know ? " " That same he is an innocent fool,
And some men ca' him Dick o' the Cow." 20
" That fool has three as good ky o' his ain, As there's in a' Cumberland, billie," quo' he:
" Betide me life, betide me death,
These three ky shall gae t' Liddisdale wi' me."
Then they're com'd on to the poor fool's house, 25 And they hae broken his wa's sae wide;
They have loos'd out Dick o' the Cow's three ky, And tane three co'erlets aff his wife's bed.
Then on the morn, whan the day was light, The shouts and cries rose loud and hie: a>
" 0 had thy tongue, my wife," he says, " And o' thy crying let me be !
" 0 had thy tongue, my wife," he says,
" And of thy crying let me be; And aye that where thou wants a cow,                  as
In good sooth I'll bring thee three."
Then Dickie's com'd on for's lord and master,
And I wat a dreirie fool was he ; " Now had thy tongue, my fool," he says,
" For I may not stand to jest wi' thee." «>