Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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■WILLIE WALLACE.                      233
He's put on his short claiding,                                 5
And on his short claiding put he ; Says, " Fa' me life, or fa' me death,
Now to Perth-town I maun be."
He stepped o'er the river Tay,
I wat he stepped on dry land;                            10
He wasna aware of a well-fared maid
Was washing there her lilie hands.
" "What news, what news, ye well-fared maid ?
What news hae ye this day to me ? " " No news, no news, ye gentle knight,                  is
No news hae I this day to thee, But fifteen lords in the hostage house
Waiting Wallace for to see."
" If I had but in my pocket
The worth of one single pennie,
I would go to the hostage house,
And there the gentlemen to see."
She put her hand in her pocket,
And she has pull'd out half-a-crown;
Says, " Take ye that, ye belted knight,                at
'Twill pay your way till ye come down."
As he went from the well-fared maid, A beggar bold I wat met he,