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

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Tnen spake the Earl hight Hamilton,
And to the noble King said he, ' My sovereign prince, some counsel take,
First at your nobles, syne at me.
' I rede ye, send yon braw Outlaw till, And see gif your man come will he:
Desire him come and be your man, And hold of you yon forest free.
' Gif he refuses to do that,
We'll conquess baith his lands and he I Or else we'll throw his castle down.
And mak' a widow o' his gay ladye.'
The King call'd on a gentleman,
James Boyd (the Earl of Arran his brother was When James he came before the King,
He kneel'd before him on his knee.
' Welcome, James Boyd I ' said our noble King, ' A message ye maun gang for me ;
Ye maun hie to Ettrick Forest,
To yon Outlaw, where dwelleth he.
' Ask him of whom he holds his lands,
Or man wha may his master be, And desire him come and be my man,
And hold of me yon forest free.
rede] advise.
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