Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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WILLIE WALLACE.                    231
He pierced him through and through the heart, He maul'd him cruellie;                                         2.50
Then hung him ower the draw-brigg, Beside the other three.
" Now take frae me that feather-bed,
Make me a bed o' strae ! I wish I hadna lived this day,                               «5
To mak my heart sae wae.
" If I were ance at London Tower,
Where I was wont to be, I never mair suld gang frae hame,
Till borne on a bier-tree."                                     ■■&>
After the battle of Roslin, we are informed by Bower, the continuator of Fordun's Scotichronicon, Wallace took ship for France, and various songs, both in that kingdom and in Scotland, he goes on to say, bear witness to the courage with which he encoun­tered the attacks of pirates on the ocean, and of the English on the continent. Whatever we may think
" That Englishman lay under me," which is in the true spirit of Blind Harry, who makes Wal­lace say,
" I better like to see the Southeron die,
Than gold or land, that they can gie to me."—S.