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

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' Wha has done this deed ?' quo' the gude Laird's Jock;
' See that to me ye dinna lee ! '— ' Dickie has been in the stable last night,
And my brother's horse and mine's frae me.'—
'Ye wad ne'er be tauld,' quo' the gude Laird's Jock;
' Have ye not found my tales fu' leil ? Ye never wad out o' England bide,
Till crooked and blind and a' would steal.'—
' But lend me thy bay,' fair Johnie can say ;
i There 's nae horse loose in the stable save he; And I'll either fetch Dick o' the Cow again,
Or the day is come that he shall dee.'—
' To lend thee my bay ! ' the Laird's Jock 'gan say ;
' He 's baith worth gowd and gude monie : Dick o' the Cow has awa' twa horse:
I wish na thou may make him three.'
He has ta'en the laird's jack on his back, A twa-handed sword to hang by his thie;
He has ta'en a steel cap on his head, And on he is to follow Dickie.
xxxiv Dickie was na a mile afF the town,
I wat a mile but barely three, When he was o'erta'en by Johnie Armstrong,
Hand for hand, on Cannobie lee.
jack] short coat-of-mail.
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