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

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James cam' before the Outlaw keen, And served him in his ain degree.—
' Welcome, James Pringle of Torsonse !
What message frae the King to me V
'  He bids ye meet him at Permanscore,
And bring four in your company; Five earls sail gang himsell before, Nae mair in number will he be.
' And gif you refuse to do that, (I freely here upgive wi' thee,)
He'll cast your bonny castle down,
And mak' a widow o' your gay ladye.
There will never a Murray, after thysell, Have land in Ettrick Forest free.'—
' It stands me hard,' the Outlaw said, ' Judge gif it stands na hard wi' me :
What reck o' the losing of my sell ?— But a' my offspring after me !
' Auld Halliday, young Halliday, Ye sail be twa to gang wi' me ;
Andrew Murray, and Sir James Murray, We'll be nae mae in companie.'
When that they cam' before the King, They fell before him on their knee :
' Grant mercy, mercy, noble King ! E'en for his sake that dyed on tree,'
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