Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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DICK O' THE COW.                         73 .
He has tied them a' wi' St. Mary's knot,              10s
A' these horses but barely three; He's loupen on ane, tane anither in hand,
And out at the door and gane is Dickie.
Then on the morn, whan the day grew light, The shouts and cries rose loud and hie— no
"0 where's that thief?" quo' the good Laird's Jock, " Tell me the truth and the veritie!"
" 0 where's that thief?" quo' the good Laird's Jock; " See unto me ye dinna lie!"— " Dickie's been i' the stable last night,                   as
And has my brother's horse and mine frae me."
" Ye wad ne'er be tall'd," quo' the good Laird's Jock;
" Have ye not found my tales fu' leel ? Ye wad ne'er out o' England bide,
Till crooked, and blind, and a' wad steal." 121
tying him with St. Mary's hnot. Dickie used this cruel expe­dient to prevent a pursuit. It appears from the narration, that the horses left unhurt, belonged to fair Johnie Annstrang, his brother Willie, and the Laird's Jock—of which Dickie carried off two, and left that of the Laird's Jock, probably out of gratitude for the protection he had afforded him on his arrival—S.