Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Ye sail tell afore I lay me down                    93
Between you and the wa'."
" Vergris is greener than the grass;
Heaven's hicher than the trees; The deil's warse nor a woman's wish;
Hell's deeper than the seas ;                      100
The cock craws first; on cedar top
The dew down first doth fa'; And we'll lie baith in ae bed,
And ye'se lie neist the wa'."
" O haud your tongue, young man," she says,
"And gi'e your fleechin' o'er,                    10a
Unless you'll find me ferlies,
And that is ferlies four; Ferlies four ye maun find me,
And that is twa and twa;                          11c
Or I'll never lie in your bed,
Either at stock or wa'.
" And ye maun get to me a plumb
That in December grew; And get to me a silk mantel,                         in
That waft was ne'er ca'd thro'; A sparrow's horn; a priest unborn,
This night to join us twa; Or I'll nae lie in your bed,
Either at stock or wa'."                                120