Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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The youngest to the eldest said,                            *
" Blythe and merrie how can we be ?
There were three brithren of us born, And ane of us is condemn'd to die."
" And ye wad be merrie, and ye wad be sad, What the better wad billy Archie be ? w
Unless I had thirty men to mysell, And a' to ride in my cumpanie.
" Ten to hald the horses' heads,
And other ten the watch to be, And ten to break up the strong prison,              is
"Where billy Archie he does lie."
Then up and spak him mettled John Hall, (The luve of Teviotdale aye was he,)
" An I had eleven men to mysell,
It's aye the twalt man I wad be."                   ac
Then up bespak him coarse Ca'field, (I wot and little gude worth was he,)
" Thirty men is few anew,
And a' to ride in our companie."
There was horsing, horsing in haste,                    u
And there was marching on the lee,
17. Mettled John Hall, from the laigh Teviotdale, is per­haps John Hall of Newbigging, mentioned in the list of Bor­der clans as one of the chief men of name residing on the Middle Marches in 1597.—S.