Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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A gray-hair'd knight set up his head,
And crackit richt crousely :                                       to
" Of Scotland's king I haud my house;
He pays me meat and fee ; And I will keep my guid auld house,
While my house will keep me."
They laid their sowies to the wall,                              «
Wi' mony a heavy peal; But he threw ower to them agen
Baith pitch and tar barrel.
With springalds, stanes, and gads of aim,
Amang them fast he threw;                                       s>
Till mony of the Englishmen About the wall he slew.
Full fifteen days that braid host lay,
Sieging Auld Maitland keen ; Syne they hae left him, hail and feir,                        ss
Within his strength of stane.
Then fifteen barks, all gaily good,
Met them upon a day, Which they did lade with as much spoil
As they could bear away.                                           w
" England's our ain by heritage; And what can us withstand,