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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Anonymous. 17th Cent.
  
380. The Twa Corbies
(SCOTTISH VERSION)
 
AS I was walking all alane 
I heard twa corbies making a mane: 
The tane unto the tither did say, 
'Whar sall we gang and dine the day?' 
 
'—In behint yon auld fail dyke         5
I wot there lies a new-slain knight; 
And naebody kens that he lies there 
But his hawk, his hound, and his lady fair. 
 
'His hound is to the hunting gane, 
His hawk to fetch the wild-fowl hame,  10
His lady 's ta'en anither mate, 
So we may mak our dinner sweet. 
 
'Ye'll sit on his white hause-bane, 
And I'll pike out his bonny blue e'en: 
Wi' ae lock o' his gowden hair  15
We'll theek our nest when it grows bare. 
 
'Mony a one for him maks mane, 
But nane sall ken whar he is gane: 
O'er his white banes, when they are bare, 
The wind sall blaw for evermair.'  20
 
GLOSS:  corbies] ravens.  fail] turf.  hause] neck.  theek] thatch.
 
 
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