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

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' There 's in the fore-front o' that castle
Twa unicorns, sae bra' to see; There's the picture of a knight, and a lady bright,
Wi' the green hollin abune their bree.
i There the Outlaw keeps five hundred men,
He keeps a royal companie; His merry men in ae livery clad,
O' the Lincoln green sae gay to see: He and his lady in purple clad ;
O gin they live not royallie !
' He says, yon forest is his ain;
He wan it frae the Soudronie ; Sae as he wan it, sae will he keep it,
Contrair all kings in Christentie.'—
' Gar warn me Perthshire, and Angus baith, Fife, up and down, and Lothians three,
And graith my horse !' said our noble King, ' For to Ettrick Forest hie will I me.'
Then word is gane the Outlaw till, In Ettrick Forest, where dwelleth he,
That the King was comand to Ettrick Forest, To conquess baith his lands and he.
' I mak' a vow,' the Outlaw said,
(I mak' a vow, and that trulie : Were there but three men to tak' my part,
Yon King's coming full dear suld be ! '
graith] harness.
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