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Save blood and flesh both in fere

Why dois your brand sae drap wi Of wrong dead carrion that is here:

bluid, Eat not of that in no manner,

And why sae sad gang yee O?.
For that aye shall you let.2

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“O I hae killed my hauke sae guid,

Mither, mither,
Manslaughter also you shall flee,

O I hae killed my hauke sae guid,
For that is not pleasant to me.

And I had nae mair bot' hee O.”
That sheds blood, he or she,
Anywhere amongst mankind,

2. “Your haukis bluid was nevir sae reid, That blood foully shed shall be, ' 340

Edward, Edward, And vengeance have that men shall see.

Your haukis bluid was nevir sae reid, Therefore beware now all ye,

My deir son I tell thee 0.” You fall not in that sin.

“O Í hae killed my reid-roan steid, A forewordnow with thee I make,

Mither, mither, And all thy seed for thy sake,

O I hae killed my reid-roan steid, From such vengeance for to slake,

That erst was sae fair and frie 0." For now I have my will; Here I promise thee a hest:4

3. “Your steid was auld, and ye hae got That man, woman, fowl nor beast

mair, With water, while the world shall last, 350

Edward, Edward, I will no more spill.5

Your steid was auld, and ye hae got

mair, My bow between you and me

Sum other dule'ye drie10 O.” In the firmament shall be,

“O I hae killed my fadir deir, For very token that you may see

Mither, mither,
That such vengeance shall cease; 355 O I hae killed my fadir deir,
That man nor woman shall never more

Alas, and wae is mee O!”
Be wasted by water, as before;
But for sin, that grieveth me sore,

14. “And whatten penance wul ye drie for Therefore this vengeance was.

that, Where clouds in the welkin been

Edward, Edward, That same bow shall be seen,

And whatten penance will ye drie for In token that my wrath and teen?

that? Shall never thus wreaked be;

My deir son, now tell me 0.". The string is turned toward you,

“Ile set my feit in yonder boat, And toward me is bent the bow,

Mither, mither, That such weather shall never show,

Ile set my feit in yonder boat, And this promise I thee.

And Ile fare ovir the sea 0.” My blessing now I give thee here,

5. “And what wul ye doe wi your towirs To thee, Noah, my servant dear,

and your ha, For vengeance shall no more appear. 370

Edward, Edward? And now, farewell, my darling dear.

And what wul ye doe wi your towirs

and your ha,

That were sae fair to see O?”. THE ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH

“Ile let thame stand tul they doun fa, POPULAR BALLADS

Mither, mither,

Ile let thame stand tul they down fa, EDWARD

For here nevir mair maun11 I bee 0.”

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1. “Why dois your brand sae drap wil 6. “And what wul ve leive to your bairns bluid,

and your wife, Edward, Edward,

Edward, Edward? i together. 2 leave alone.

3 covenant. 6 destroy. 6 be. 7 anger.

8 but.

grief. 10 suffer. : 11 must,

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2. She served her with foot and hand, | 10. He stepped in, gave her a kiss, In every thing that she could dee,

The royal ring he brought him wi; Till once, in an unlucky time,

Her breath was strang, her hair was She threw her in ower Craigy's sea.

lang,

And twisted ance about the tree, 3. Says, “Lie you there, dove Isabel, And with a swing she came about:

And all my sorrows lie with thee; Come to Craigy's sea, and kiss Till Kemp Owyne come ower the sea,

with me. And borrow3 you with kisses three Let all the warld do what they will, II. “Here is a royal brand," she said, Oh borrowed shall you never be!” “That I have found in the green sea;

And while your body it is on, 4. Her breath grew strang, her hair grew Drawn shall your blood never be; lang,

But if you touch me, tail or fin, And twisted thrice about the tree, I swear my brand your death shall And all the people, far and near, Thought that a savage beast was she.

12. He stepped in, gave her a kiss,

The royal brand he brought him wi; 5. These news did come to Kemp Owyne, Her breath was sweet, her hair grew Where he lived, far beyond the sea;

short, He hasted him to Craigy's sea,

And twisted nane about the tree, And on the savage beast lookd he. And smilingly she came about, I through.

As fair a woman as fair could be.

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8. And she has made to them a bed,

She's made it large and wide,
And she's taen her mantle her about

Sat down at the bed-side.

* * * * * * 9. Up then crew the red, red cock,

And up and crew the gray;
The eldest to the youngest said,

“ 'Tis time we were away." speasant. *storms. 6 dark. 6 birch. ?trench. S furrow.

10. O lang, lang may the ladies stand,

Wi thair gold kems in their hair, Waiting for thair ain deir lords, For they'll se thame na mair.

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10. The cock he hadna craw'd but once, I 6. The cast on their gowne of greene, And clappd his wings at a',

A shooting gone are they, When the youngest to the eldest said, Untill they came to the merry green“Brother, we must awa.

wood,

Where they had gladdest bee; II. "The cock doth craw, the day doth

There were they ware of [a] wight daw,

yeoman,
The channerin' worm doth chide;

His body leaned to a tree.
Gina we be mist out o our place,
A sair pain we maun bide.

7. A sword and a dagger he wore by his 12. “Fare ye weel, my mother dear!

side, Fareweel to barn and byre!3

Had beene many a man's bane, And fare ye weel, the bonny lass

And he was cladd in his capull-hyde, 15 That kindles my mother's fire!”

Topp, and tayle, and mayne.

8. “Stand you still, master," quoth ROBIN HOOD AND GUY OF GIS

Litle John,
BORNE

“Under this trusty tree,

And I will goe to yond wight yeoman, 1. When shawes* beene sheene, and To know his meaning trulye.”

shradds6 full fayre, And leeves both large and longe, I 9. “A, John, by me thou setts noe store, Itt is merry, walking in the fayre

And that's a ffarley16 thinge;
fforrest,

How offt send I my men beffore,
To heare the small birds songe.

And tarry my-selfe behinde? 2. The woodweele sang, and wold not 10. “It is noe cunning a knave to ken, cease,

And a man but heare him speake; Amongst the leaves a lyne:S

And itt were not for bursting of my And it is by two wight yeomen,

bowe, By deare God, that I meane.

John, I wold thy head breake.”

3. “Me thought they did mee beate | 11. But often words they breeden bale;" and binde,

That parted Robin and John;
And tooke my bowe mee froe;

John is gone to Barn[e]sdale,
If I bee Robin alive in this lande,

The gates 18 he knowes eche one. I'le be wrocken on both them towe."

12. And when hee came to Barnesdale,

Great heavinesse there hee hadd; 4. “Sweavens' are swift, master,” quoth He ffound two of his fellowes John,

Were slaine both in a slade, 19
"As the wind that blowes ore a hill;
Ffor if itt be never soe lowde this 13. And Scarlett a-ffoote flyinge was,
night,

Over stockes and stone,
To-morrow it may be still.”

For the sheriffe with seven score men 5. “Buskel? yee, bowne 3 yee, my merry

Fast after him is gone.
men all,
Ffor John shall goe with mee;

14. “Yett one shoote I'le shoote,” sayes

Litle John, For I'le goe seeke yond wight yeomen

“With Crist his might and mayne; In greenwood where thel4 bee.”

I'le make yond fellow that flyes soe 1 impatient.

3 stable.

To be both glad and ffaine." 12 make ready. 13 dress yourselves.

15 horse-hide. 16 wonderful. levil. 18 ways. 19 valley.

fast

#thickets. 7 woodlark • sturdy.

2 if.
5 beautiful.

6 copses.
# of Linn ("a stock ballad locality").
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11 dreams.
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22. How these two yeomen together they 30. The first good shoot that Robin ledd, mett,

Did not shoote an inch the pricke Under the leaves of lyne,

ffroe; To see what marchandise* they made Guy was an archer good enoughe, Even at that same time.

But he cold neere shoote soe. 23. “Good morrow, good fellow," quoth

| 31. The second shoote Sir Guy shott, Sir Guy;

He shott within the garlande; “Good morrow, good ffellow,” quoth

But Robin Hoode shott it better than hee;

hee, “Methinkes by this bow thou beares

For he clove the good prickein thy hand,

wande. A good archer thou seems to bee." 1 yew. ? made ready. I help. dealing. I stime not fixed.

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6 rods.

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