Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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DICK O' THE COW.                         79
"Where did thou get fair Johnie Armstrong's horse ? " " Where did I get him, but steal him," quo' he.                                                                 
" But wilt thou sell me fair Johnie Armstrong's horse ?
And, billie, wilt thou sell him to me ? " quo' he: "Aye, and tell me the monie on my cloak lap:
For there's no ae fardin I'll trust thee."
" I'll gi' thee fifteen punds for the good horse, as Weil tel'd on thy cloak lap shall be;
And I'll gi' thee ane o' my best milk-ky, To maintain thy wife and children three."
" The shame speed the liers, my lord!" quo' Dickie; " Trow ye aye to make a fool o' me ?" quo' he;                                                                                           230
" I'll either hae thirty punds for the good horse, Or he's gae t' Mortan fair wi' me."
He's gi'en him thirty punds for the gude horse,1
All in goud and good monie; He has gi'en him ane o' his best milk-ky, 235
To maintain his wife and children three.
Then Dickie lap a loup fu' hie,
And I wat a loud laugh laughed he—