Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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With sword and terge into their hand,               6
Wi which they were nae slaw, man,
Wi mony a fearful heavy sigh, The lads began to claw then.
O'er bush, o'er bank, o'er ditch, o'er stank,
She flang amang them a', man;                     w
The butter-box got mony knocks,
Their riggings paid for a' then. They got their paiks, wi sudden straiks,
Which to their grief they saw, man: Wi clinkum clankum o'er their crowns,            is
The lads began to fa' then.
Hur skipt about, hur leapt about,
And flang amang them a', man ; ' The English blades got broken heads,
Their crowns were cleav'd in twa then. » The durk and door made their last hour,
And prov'd their final fa', man; They thought the devil had been there.
That play'd them sic a paw then.
17. The Highlanders have only one pronoun, and as it happens to resemble the English her, it has caused the Low-landers to have a general impression that they mistake the feminine for the masculine gender. It has even become a sort of nickname for them, as in the present case, and in a subsequent verse, (31,) where it is extended to her-nain-sell. Chambebs, Scottish Songs, p. 48.