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5. "O wha is this has don this deid,

This ill deid don to me,
To send me out this time o' the yeir,

To sail upon the se! 1 smooth

3 broad * Dumferline, near Edin. *laugh

burgh

2. Lord Thomas said a word in jest,

Fair Annet took it ill:
"A, I will nevir wed a wife

Against my ain friends' will." yesterday evening 8 village on the Firth of right loath

Forth half over

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3. "Gif ye wull nevir wed a wife,

A wife wull neir wed yee:"
Sae he is hame to tell his mither,

And knelt upon his knee.

4. “O rede,' O rede, mither," he says,

"A gude rede gie to mee;
O sall I tak the nut-browne bride,

And let Faire Annet bee?"

5. “The nut-browne bride haes gowd

and gear, Fair Annet she has gat nane; And the little beauty Fair Annet haes

O it wull soon be gane.”

6. And he has till his brother gane:

"Now, brother, rede ye mee; A, sall I marrie the nut-browne bride,

And let Fair Annet bee?”

7. “The nut-browne bride has oxen,

brother,
The nut-browne bride has kye; 2
I wad hae ye marrie the nut-browne

bride,
And cast Fair Annet bye.”

8. “Her oxen may dye i the house,

billie, 3
And her kye into the byre,
And I sall hae nothing to mysell

Bot a fat fadge by the fyre.”

9. And he has till his sister gane:

"Now, sister, rede ye mee; O sall I marrie the nut-browne bride,

And set Fair Annet free?"

10. "I'se rede ye tak Fair Annet, Thomas,

And let the browne bride alane; Lest ye sould sigh, and say, Alace,

What is this we brought hame!”

1 counsel
2 cattle
* brother

* cow-house
sfat, clumsy woman

clothing 1o sparkled

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27. He drew his dagger, that was sae

sharp, That was sae sharp and meet, And drave it into the nut-browne

bride, That fell deid at his feit. ornamented

* might

5 madly angered * wax, grow

3. O hooly, hooly' rose she up,

To the place where he was lying, And when she drew the curtain by, “Young man, I think you're

dying."

o birch ? twisted

8 St. Martin's day, Nov.

2

great, much

II

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for tournaments and feasts in imitation of Arthur's Round Table.

3

@shod with gold

gave 4 Assemblies

of knights

5
run

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