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

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• O pardon us, honour'd father,
O pardon us !' they did say ;
'  Lady Jean is wed with Captain Ogilvie,
And from him she will not stay.'
[Then an angry man the Duke rade on] Till he came to bonny Aberdeen,
And there did he see brave Captain Ogilvie A-training of his men on the green.
' O woe be to thee, thou Captain Ogilvie!
And an ill death thou shalt dee. For taking to thee my daughter Jean
High hangit shalt thou be.'
x The Duke has written a broad letter,
To the King [with his own han' ;] It was to hang Captain Ogilvie
If ever he hang'd a man.
' I will not hang Captain Ogilvie
For no lord that I see ; But I'll gar him put off the broad scarlet,
And put on the single livery.'
Now word came to Captain Ogilvie,
In the chamber where he lay, To cast off the gold lace and scarlet,
And put on the single livery.
single livery] private's uniform. 4t8
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