Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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On the highest tree that's in Otterburn With my awin hands I'll hing thee hie."
The boy's taen out his little penknife, That hanget low down by his gare,
And he gae Earl Douglas a deadly wound, Alas, a deep wound and a sare!
Earl Douglas said to Sir Hugh Montgomery, " Tack thou the vanguard o' the three,
And bury me at yon bracken bush, That stands upon yon lilly lee."
Then Percy and Montgomery met, And weel I wat they war na fain;
They swapped swords, and they twa swat, And ay the blood ran down between.
" O yield thee, yield thee, Percy," he said, " Or else I vow I'll lay thee low;
" Whom to shall I yield," said Earl Percy, " Now that I see it maun be so ? "
" 0 yield thee to yon braken bush,
That grows upon yon lilly lee ; For there lies aneth yon braken bush
What aft has conquer'd mae than thee."
" I winna yield to a braken bush,
Nor yet will I unto a brier; But I wald yield to Earl Douglas,
Or Sir Hugh Montgomery, if he was here."
43, 44. Supplied by Motherwell from a recited copy.