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

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.'.'.           The Wee Wee Man
A S I was walking mine alane LAtween a water and a wa', There I spied a wee wee man,
And he was the least that ere I saw.
II His legs were scant a shathmont's length,
And thick and thimber was his thie ; Atween his brows there was a span,
And atween his shoulders there was three.
He 's ta'en and flung a meikle stane, And he flang 't as far as I could see j
Though I had been a Wallace wight I couldna liften 't to my knee.
k O wee wee man, but ye be Strang !
O tell me where your dwelling be ?' ' My dwelling 's down by yon bonny bower;
Fair lady, come wi' me and see.'
On we lap, and awa' we rade,
Till we came to yon bonny green ;
We lighted down to bait our steed, And out there came a lady sheen;
Wi' four and twenty at her back A' comely clad in glisterm' green ;
Tho' the King of Scotland had been there,
The warst o' them might ha' been his queen.
shathmont] measure from the point of the extended thumb to the extremity of the palm, six inches. thimber] stout. thie] ihigh. lap] leapt.          sheen] shining, beautiful.
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