The Oxford Book of Ballads - online book

A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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' The first company that passes by,
Say na, and let them gae; The neist company that passes by,
Say na, and do right sae; The third company that passes by,
Then I'll be ane o' thae.
' O first let pass the black, ladye, And syne let pass the brown;
But quickly run to the milk-white steed, Pu' ye his rider down.
' For some ride on the black, ladye, And some ride on the brown ;
But I ride on a milk-white steed, A gowd star on my crown :
Because I was an earthly knight They gie me that renown.
' My right hand will be gloved, ladye,
My left hand will be bare, And thae's the tokens I gie thee:
Nae doubt I will be there.
' Ye'll tak' my horse then by the head
And let the bridle fa' ; The Queen o' Elfin she'll cry out u True Tarn Lin he's awa' ! io
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