Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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DICK O' THE COW.                         75
Whan day is gane and night is come, There's ne'er ae word I mark but three.
" The first and second is—Faith and Conscience;
The third—Ne'er let a traitour free:               i«e
But, Johnie, what faith and conscience hadst thou,
"Whan thou took my three ky frae me ?
"And when thou had tane away my three ky, Thou thought in thy heart thou was no well sped,                                                              im
But sent thy billie Willie o'er the know,
And he took three co'erlets aff my wife's bed."
Then Johnie let a spear fa' laigh by his thigh, Thought weil to hae slain the innocent, I trow ;
But the powers above were mair than he, i« For he ran but the poor fool's jerkin through.
Together they ran, or ever they Man,
This was Dickie the fool and he ; Dickie coud na win to him wi' the blade o' the sword,
But feld 'im wi' the plumet under the eie. i*>
Now Dickie has feld fair Johnie Armstrong, The prettiest man in the south countrie ;
" Gramercy! " then can Dickie say,
"I had but twa horse, thou has made me three."