Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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170              THE LADS OF WAMPHKAY.
It is the lads of Lethenha',                                       s
The greatest rogues amang them a'; But and the lads of Steferibiggin, They broke the house in at the rigging.
The lads of Fingland, and Helbeck-hill, They were never for good, but aye for ill; w 'Twixt the Staywood-bush and Langside-hill, They steal'd the broked cow and the branded bull.
It is the lads of the Girth-head,
The deil's in them for pride and greed;
For the Galliard, and the gay Galliard's men, u
They ne'er saw a horse but they made it their ain.
The Galliard to Nithsdale is gane,
To steal Sim Crichton's winsome dun ;
The Galliard is unto the stable gane,
But instead of the dun, the blind he has ta'en. a>
" Now Simmy, Simmy of the Side, Come out and see a Johnstone ride! Here's the bonniest horse in a' Nithside, And a gentle Johnstone aboon his hide."
Simmy Crichton's mounted then,                             25
And Crichtons has raised mony a ane ; The Galliard trow'd his horse had been wight, But the Crichtons beat him out 0' sight.