Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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106                           JAMIE TELFER
mentioned, must have been a natural son of the Laird of Buccleuch."—S. -
It fell about the Martinmas tyde,
When our Border steeds get ccirn and hay,
The Captain of Bewcastle hath bound him to ryde, And he's ower to Tividale to drive a prey.
The first ae guide that they met wi',                      «
It was high up in Hardhaughswire ;
The second guide that they met wi', It was laigh down in Borthwick water.
" What tidings, what tidings, my trusty guide ? " " Nae tidings, nae tidings, I hae to thee; w
But gin ye'll gae to the fair Dodhead, Mony a cow's cauf I'll let thee see."
And when they cam to the fair Dodhead,
Right hastily they clam the peel; They loosed the kye out, ane and a',                     is
And ranshackled the house right weel.
Now Jamie Telfer's heart was sair, The tear aye rowing in his ee ;
6-8. Hardhaughswire is the pass from Liddesdale to the head of Teviotdale. Borthwick water is a stream which falls into the Tevoit three miles above Hawick.—S.
11. The Dodhead, in Selkirkshire, near Singlee, where there are still the vestiges of an old tower.—S.