Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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They have sworn a bluidy oath,
And they swore all in one, That there was not a man among them a',
Would blaw such a blast as yon.                             20
And they have ridden oer muir and muss,
And over mountains high, Till they came to yon wan water,
Where Johnny Cock did lie.
They have shorten little Johnny Cock,                    a
A little above the ee;
For doing the like to me.
" There's not a wolf in a' the wood
Woud ' ha' done the like to me:                           30
' She'd ha' dipped her foot in coll water,
And strinkled above my ee, And if I would have waked for that,
' She'd ha' gane and let me be.
" But fingers five, eome here, [eome here,] as
And faint heart fail me nought! And silver strings, value me sma' things,
Till I get all this vengeance rowght!"
He ha[s] shot a' the fifteen foresters,
Left never a one but one;                                         <o
And he broke the ribs a that anes side,
And let him take tiding home.
29. word. 36. faint hearted.