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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When unto the gude kirk she came,
She at the door did stan'; She was sae sair sunk down wi' shame,
She couldna come farther ben.
Then out and spak' the parish priest, And a sweet smile ga'e he:
' Come ben, come ben, my lily-flower, Present your babes to me.'
Charles, Vincent, Sam and Dick, And likewise John and James ;
They call'd the eldest Young Etin, Which was his father's name.
E RLINTON had a fair daughter; I wat he wear'd her in a great sin ; For he has built a bigly bower, And a' to put that lady in.
II An' he has warn'd her sisters six,
An' sae has he her brethren se'en, Outher to watch her a' the night,
Or else to seek her morn an' e'en.
wear'd her in] led her into.
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