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

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He 's gi'en him twenty punds for the gude horse,
Baith in goud and gude monie; He's gi'en him ane o' his milk kye,
To maintain his wife and children three.
Then Dickie lap a loup fu' hie,
And I wat a loud laugh laughed he :
' I wish the neck o' the third horse was broken, If ony of the twa were better than he !'
Then Dickie's come hame to his wife again;
Judge ye how the puir fule had sped! He has gi'en her twa score English punds,
For the three auld co'erlets ta'en aff her bed.
' And tak thee these twa as gude kye,
I trow, as a' thy three might be; And yet here is a white-footed nag,
I trow he'll carry baith thee and me.
' But I may nae langer in Cumberland bide;
The Armstrangs they would hang me hie.'— So Dickie 's ta'en leave at lord and master,
And at Burgh under Stanmuir dwells Dickie.
lap a loup] leapt a leap.
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