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

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' Tie a green gravat round his neck,
And lead him out and in, And the best ae servant about your house,
To wait young Benjie on.
' And ay, at every seven years' end,
Ye'll tak him to the linn ; For that's the penance he maun drie,
To scug his deadly sin.'
               Annan Water
ANNAN water 's wading deep, And my love Annie's wondrous bonny; And I am laith she suld weet her feet, Because I love her best of ony,
ii ' Gar saddle me the bonny black,
Gar saddle sune, and make him ready % For I will down the Gatehope-Slack,
And all to see my bonny ladye.'
in He has loupen on the bonny black,
He stirr'd him wi' the spur right sairly • But, or he wan the Gatehope-Slack,
I think the steed was wae and weary.
gravat] cravat, collar. drie] endure. scug] screen, expiate.
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