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Why dois your brand sae drap wi

bluid, And why sae sad gang yee O?” "O I hae killed my hauke sae guid,

Mither, mither, O I hae killed my hauke sae guid,

And I had nae mair bot: hee 0."

2. “Your haukis bluid was nevir sae reid,

Edward, Edward, Your haukis bluid was nevir sae reid,

My deir son I tell thee 0." O Í hae killed my reid-roan steid,

Mither, mither, 'O I hae killed my reid-roan steid,

That erst was sae fair and frie 0."

Save blood and flesh both in fere
Of wrong dead carrion that is here:
Eat not of that in no manner,
For that aye shall you let.2

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Manslaughter also you shall flee,
For that is not pleasant to me.
That sheds blood, he or she,

Anywhere amongst mankind, That blood foully shed shall be,

340 And vengeance have that men shall see. Therefore beware now all ye,

You fall not in that sin.
A foreword' now with thee I make,
And all thy seed for thy sake,

345 From such vengeance for to slake,

For now I have my will;
Here I promise thee a hest:4
That man, woman, fowl nor beast
With water, while the world shall last, 350

I will no more spill."
My bow between you and me
In the firmament shall be,
For very token that you may see
That such vengeance shall cease;

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That man nor woman shall never more
Be wasted by water, as before;
But for sin, that grieveth me sore,

Therefore this vengeance was.
Where clouds in the welkin been
That same bow shall be seen,
In token that my wrath and teen?

Shall never thus wreaked be;
The string is turned toward you,
And toward me is bent the bow, 365
That such weather shall never show,

And this promise I thee. My blessing now I give thee here, To thee, Noah, my servant dear, For vengeance shall no more appear. 370 And now, farewell, my darling dear.

3. “Your steid was auld, and ye hae got mair,

Edward, Edward,
Your steid was auld, and ye hae got

mair,
Sum other duleye drie 0."
“O I hae killed my fadir deir,

Mither, mither,
O I hae killed my fadir deir,

Alas, and wae is mee O!”

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4. “And whatten penance wul ye drie for that,

Edward, Edward,
And whatten penance will ye drie for

that?
My deir son, now tell me 0.”
“Ile set my feit in yonder boat,

Mither, mither,
Ile set my feit in yonder boat,

And Ile fare ovir the sea 0."

5. “And what wul ye doe wi your towirs and your ha,

Edward, Edward? And what wul ye doe wi your towirs

and your ha,
That were sae fair to see O?”
“Ile let thame stand tul they doun fa

Mither, mither,
Ile let thame stand tul they down fa,
For here nevir mair maun'l I bee 0."

THE ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH

POPULAR BALLADS

EDWARD

1. “Why dois your brand sae drap wi bluid,

6. “And what wul ye leive to your bairns and your wife,

Edward, Edward?

Edward, Edward. 1 together. leave alone.

* covenant. 5 destroy.

4 assurance.

6 be.

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anger

s but.

grief.

10 suffer.

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5. These news did come to Kemp Owyne,

Where he lived, far beyond the sea; He hasted him to Craigy's sea,

And on the savage beast lookd he. through.

? do.

12. He stepped in, gave her a kiss,

The royal brand he brought him wi; Her breath was sweet, her hair grew

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short, And twisted nane about the tree, And smilingly she came about,

As fair a woman as fair could be.

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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.

storms. dark. birch. i trench. & furrow.

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1 above.

2 before.

peasant.

gowne of

10. The cock he hadna craw'd but once,

And clappd his wings at a',
When the youngest to the eldest said,

“Brother, we must awa. 11. "The cock doth craw, the day doth

daw, The channerin' worm doth chide; Gin’ we be mist out o our place,

A sair pain we maun bide.
12. "Fare ye weel, my mother dear!

Fareweel to barn and byre!3
And fare ye weel, the bonny lass

That kindles my mother's fire!”

6. The cast on their

greene, A shooting gone are they, Untill they came to the merry green

wood,
Where they had gladdest bee;
There were they ware of [a] wight

yeoman,
His body leaned to a tree.

7. A sword and a dagger he wore by his

side, Had beene many a man's bane, And he was cladd in his capull-hyde, 15

Topp, and tayle, and mayne.

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3. “Me thought they did mee beate

and binde,
And tooke my bowe mee froe;
If I bee Robin alive in this lande,
I'le be wrockento on both them

towe.4. "Sweavens' are swift, master," quoth

John, "As the wind that blowes ore a hill; Ffor if itt be never soe lowde this

night,

To-morrow it may be still.” 5. "Buske? yee, bowne!3 yee, my merry

men all, Ffor John shall goe with mee; For I'le goe seeke yond wight yeomen

In greenwood where the bee." 1 impatient. ? if.

3 stable. *thickets. s beautiful.

13. And Scarlett a-ffoote flyinge was,

Over stockes and stone,
For the sheriffe with seven score men

Fast after him is gone.

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

Litle John, “With Crist his might and mayne; I'le make yond fellow that flyes soe

fast

To be both glad and ffaine." 18 horse-hide.

18 valley.

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16 wonderful.

17 evil.

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of Linn ("a stock ballad locality"). • sturdy. 19 avenged.

11 dreams. 12 make ready. 13 dress yourselves.

14 they.

copses.

15oodlark.

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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

Sir Guy;
“Good morrow, good ffellow," quoth

hee;
“Methinkes by this bow thou beares

in thy hand,
A good archer thou seems to bee.”
2 made ready.

31. The second shoote Sir Guy shott,

He shott within the garlande;
But Robin Hoode shott it better than

hee,
For he clove the good pricke-

3 help.

4 dealing

wande.

yew.

5 time not fixed.

6 rods.

* apart.

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