Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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They had not rade a great way off, With all the haste that ever could be,
Till they espied the Lord Lieutenant, With a hundred men in companies
But when they cam to wan water,                         45
It now was rumbling like the sea;
Then were they got into a strait, As great a strait as well could be.
Then out did speak him Caff o' Lin,
And aye the warst fellow was he:                   «o
" Now God be with my wife and bairns, For fatherless my babes will be.
" My horse is young, he cannot swim;
The water's deep, and will not wade; My children must be fatherless,                              «
My wife a widow, whate'er betide."
0 then cried out him Little Dickie,
And still the best fellow was he: " Take you my mare, I'll take your horse,
And Devil drown my mare and thee !" to
Now they have taken the wan water, Though it was roaring like the sea;
And when they gat to the other side, I wat they bragged right crousilie.