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

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The neistan step that she stept in, She waded to the knee ;
Says she, ' I cou'd wade farther in, If I my love cou'd see,'
The neistan step that she wade in,
She waded to the chin ; The deepest pot in Clyde's water
She got sweet Willie in.
' Ye've had a cruel mither, Willie !
And I have had anither; But we sail sleep in Clyde's water
Like sister an' like brither,'
                Young Benjie
O F a' the maids o' fair Scotland
The fairest was Marjorie ; And young Benjie was her ae true love, And a dear true-love was he.
II And wow ! but they were lovers dear,
And loved fu' constantlie ; But ay the mair when they fell out,
The sairer was their plea.
plea] quarrel.
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